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Stephen Colbert agrees with President Trump on one thing

“You know the old saying, ‘Elections have consequences?'” Stephen Colbert asked Tuesday’s Late Show audience. “Right now we are knee-deep in a steaming pile of consequence.”

The host then compared The Washington Post’s report that Trump bragged about getting “great intel” in a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to a boastful fast food worker.

“Well, yeah, you’re the president,” Colbert quipped. “It’s the job. It’s like the guy working the fry station saying, ‘You would not believe the tater tots I have access to,’ if in this metaphor tater tots were a top-secret snack…

‘The good news? Trump found the leaker’: Colbert rips Trump for sharing classified intel with Russians

Stephen Colbert on “The Late Show.” (Gail Schulman/CBS)

Many daily late-night TV talk shows that rely on riffing off the biggest news stories tape at the end of the workday. And for the second time in a week, a massive political bombshell dropped minutes before cameras started rolling.

This time it was the Washington Post story, published online at 5 p.m. EDT, that President Trump revealed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador during a White House meeting last week. Administration officials have said no intelligence sources or methods were discussed.

A number of late-night hosts managed to work jokes off the late-breaking story into their shows, trotting out their Trump voices and Russian accents.

Stephen Colbert, who has emerged as one of the late-night hosts most critical of Trump, opened his monologue by saying, “The bad news: The Washington Post reports that Trump revealed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador. The good news? Trump found the leaker. It was fast!”

Colbert explained that during the Oval Office meeting with the Russian officials, “Trump apparently went off script and began describing details about an Islamic State terrorist threat. That is unbelievable,” Colbert said. “Trump has a script?”

“The information is so sensitive, that the article can’t describe in detail what was shared, but one official said, ‘This is code-word information,’ ” Colbert continued. “So, ‘code word’ means the vital aspects of the story have to be replaced with other words. You have to say things like ‘the package has been delivered.’ ‘The squirrel is in the basket.’ ‘The idiot is in the oval.’ It could mean anything! We don’t know what that…

Stephen Colbert Says the Leaker’s Been Found: It’s Trump

Welcome to Best of Late Night, a rundown that lets you sleep — and lets us get paid to watch comedy. What do you think of it? What else are you interested in? Let us know: thearts@nytimes.com.

So, President Trump is said to have leaked highly classified intelligence when he met with Russian officials last week. Stephen Colbert said on Monday that there was a silver lining.

Trevor Noah made a similar quip about Mr. Trump.

The late-night hosts had little time to prepare material about the news, which broke late Monday afternoon. They’re sure…

Stephen Colbert gleefully responds to President Trump calling him a ‘no-talent guy’ (w/video)

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It’s the moment Stephen Colbert has been waiting for.

CBS’s “Late Show” host has spent months eviscerating President Trump on television, clearly trying to provoke a reaction.

It didn’t work. Until Thursday.

“You see a no-talent guy like Colbert. There’s nothing funny about what he says. And what he says is filthy,” Trump told Time magazine. “And you have kids watching. And it only builds up my base. It only helps me, people like him.”

Trump also took credit for Colbert’s newly improved ratings: “The guy was dying. By the way, they were going to take him off television. Then he started attacking me and he started doing better. But his show was dying. I’ve done his show. . . . But when I did his show, which by the way was very highly rated. It was high – highest rating. The highest rating he’s ever had.”

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In his monologue Thursday night, Colbert addressed Trump’s comments, point by point. After reading the entire passage to his studio audience, Colbert started off solemnly: “The president of the United States has personally come after me and my show,” he said. “And there’s only one thing to say.”

Colbert then broke into a gleeful, maniacal cackle. “Yayyyy!” he exclaimed, rubbing his hands together, looking genuinely grateful as the audience chanted “Steph-en! Steph-en! Steph-en!”

“Mr. Trump, Mr. Trump,” Colbert said, composing himself as the crowd noise died down. “There’s a lot you don’t understand. But I never thought one of those things would be show business. Don’t you know I’ve been trying for a year to get you to say my name?! And you were very restrained….

Comedic Jujutsu: Stephen Colbert’s Hilarious Reverse-Troll of Trump!

Hey Donald Trump: Let me offer you a little advice. When you as President publicly mock a comedian, you will lose every time. First, the comedian will always be funnier. And two, as President of the United States you are supposed to focused on real issues – like the economy, fighting ISIS, etc. – not ranting at a comedian because his jokes got under your famously thin skin.

You would think Trump would know this – but apparently not. So there was Trump this week during an interview with Time Magazine going off on Stephen Colbert, attacking the late night host with a passion he has still not used to denounce Vladimir Putin.

Trump first declared that Colbert was “a no-talent guy” adding, “There’s nothing funny about what he says.” Then Trump, without a hint of irony, complained about Colbert’s use of language, calling it “filthy,” adding, “you have kids watching.” (Not sure what kids are up watching Colbert at 11:30 p.m. EST, but if they stay up that late, I’m sure they can take some harsh Trump jokes.) Apparently the anti-politically correct Trump wants Colbert to be PC with his jokes.

But Trump wasn’t done. He remarked that Colbert “was dying. By the way they were going to take him off television, then he started attacking me and he started doing better.” Well, Trump is partially correct here. Colbert’s ratings weren’t great last year – he even trailed Jimmy Kimmel at times. Flash forward and Colbert is now number one in overall viewers and that is in large part to Colbert crushing Trump on a nightly basis.

In response to Trump’s attack, Colbert employed comedic jujutsu. The comedian didn’t defend himself against Trump’s words or whine like Trump often does. Instead he welcomed Trump’s barbs.

He started with the words, “The President of the United States has personally come after me and my show….

Stephen Colbert Gleefully Responds to Donald Trump’s Insults: “I Won”

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The gloves are off in the Stephen Colbert vs. Donald Trump showdown.

The President of the United States had said in a recent interview that the Late Show host, who regularly slams him on TV and recently made a particularly crude comment about him, is a “a no-talent guy.” Colbert responded to Trump on his program Thursday night.

“The president also spoke to Time magazine about the most important issue to him—this show,” Colbert said, before proceeding to imitate the U.S. leader saying the words the magazine quoted him as saying.

“The President of the United States has personally come after me and my show and there’s only one thing to say. Hee-hee-hee-hee-hee!” the host continued, cackling and clapping his hands gleefully.

Stephen Colbert, The Late Show, Donald Trump
Stephen Colbert, The Late Show, Donald Trump

“Yay! Yay!” he said, blowing a kiss and waving.

“Mr. Trump, Mr. Trump, there is a lot you don’t understand but I never thought one of those thing would be show business.,” the host continued. “Don’t you know I’ve been trying for a year to get you to say my name? And you were very restraining–admirably restrained–but now you did it,” he said, whispering, “I won!”

Stephen Colbert, The Late Show, Donald Trump
Stephen Colbert, The Late Show, Donald Trump
Stephen Colbert, The Late Show, Donald Trump
Stephen Colbert, The Late Show, Donald Trump

On May 1, Colbert had slammed Trump on The Late Show after the president, who has called much of the mainstream media “fake news,” insulted his CBS colleague and Face the Nation host John Dickerson to his face during an on-air interview.

“Sir, you attract more skinheads than free Rogaine,” Colbert had said. “You have more people marching against you than cancer. You talk like a sign-language gorilla that got hit in the head. In fact, the only thing your mouth is good for is being Vladimir Putin‘s c–k holster.”

It was the latter comment, which was censored on TV, that spurred scores of viewers to file complaints with the FCC. In addition, “#FireColbert” trended on Twitter.

“Oh no! Oh…

Stephen Colbert’s Response to Trump Calling Him a ‘No-Talent Guy’: ‘I Won!’

Donald Trump thinks Stephen Colbert is a “no-talent guy” who talks “filthy” — and Colbert host couldn’t be happier.

On Thursday’s Late Show, the CBS host once again launched into another spirited attack against the president — this time responding to comments Trump made about him to Time Magazine earlier in the day.

“You see a no-talent guy like Colbert. There’s nothing funny about what he says. And what he says is filthy,” Trump said, shooting back at Colbert’s May 1 monologue, in which the comedian delivered an oral-sex joke about the president and Russian President Vladimir Putin. “And you have kids watching. And it only builds up my base. It only helps me, people like him.”

The 70-year-old former businessmen also took credit for Colbert’s ratings-bump, saying, “The guy was dying. By the way, they were going to take him off television. Then he started attacking me and he started doing better. But his show was dying. I’ve done his show.

“… But when I did his show, which by the way was very highly rated. It was high — highest rating. The highest rating he’s ever had.”

Colbert wasn’t sweating Trump’s words, opening his monologue by telling the audience, “The president of the United States has personally come after me and my show and there’s only one thing to say… Yayyyy!”

After the audience’s cheers settled, Colbert addressed Trump directly.

“Mr. Trump, Mr. Trump,” he said….

Stephen Colbert Organizes ‘Daily Show’ Reunion With Jon Stewart and the Cast: Watch Their Hilarious Stories!

Welcome back! Stephen Colbert organized a reunion of The Daily Show’s stars and correspondents on Tuesday’s Late Show, and it was filled with laughs, throwback footage, and Ku Klux Klan stories.

The late night host started the show with a sketch in which he and former Daily Show host Jon Stewart rushed to bring a sub sandwich and Coke to current host Trevor Noah.

Colbert then brought his pal Stewart out for a solo interview in which the comedian poked fun at Colbert’s recent scandal.

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“I’m not comfortable. I don’t feel comfortable. I’ll tell you why I don’t feel comfortable,” Stewart joked. “I’ve been reading about you. I’ve been seeing you in the news. You have a potty mouth.”

“That I do. I learned it from you, Dad,” Colbert replied, laughing.

Stewart went on to seriously address the controversy in which Colbert had recently made a crude joke about President Donald Trump on the show.

“The things that you say, even if they’re crass or even if in some ways they’re not respectful enough to the office of the presidency, we can insult, he can injure,” Stewart said of Trump. “It’s the difference between insult and injury. For the life of me, I do not understand why in this country we hold comedians to a standard we do not hold leaders to. It’s bizarre.”

He added that he is enjoying retirement, but some political moments have made him miss addressing the world.

“There are nights where I find myself sort of, impotently shouting into the abyss. Which, if you think about it, isn’t that different from what I did on a daily basis,” he joked. “But the things that I’ve gained in terms of time spent with family and things like that, I wouldn’t give up.”

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‘Daily Show’ Reunion: Stephen Colbert, Jon Stewart, Jon Oliver, Samantha Bee Relive Glory Days

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Former correspondents Ed Helms and Rob Corddry were also on hand for the reunion.

The Late Show With Stephen Colbert held a Daily Show reunion on Tuesday, getting (most of) the group back together after years away from their Comedy Central roots.

Jon Stewart, Samantha Bee, John Oliver, Ed Helms and Rob Corddry joined Colbert at his new CBS home.

The show opened with Stewart making a large Italian sub sandwich for current Daily Show host Trevor Noah, who was impatiently smashing a series of buttons waiting on Colbert and Stewart to deliver his lunch to him on silver trays.

Later, Colbert flashed back to his last day at the Daily Show offices in summer, 2005. The future Late Show host-to-be, sporting a soul patch, stood with a box gathering his belongings. “There comes a time when a man has to do something different,” Colbert said wistfully. “The same character, half an hour later, half a block away.”

Bee then entered, with a perm and sequined jacket, to lament Colbert’s departure. “I can’t believe you’re leaving right in the middle of the George W. Bush administration. There’s never going to be another president this good for comedy,” she said.

Corddry and Helms then entered, the former with a full head of hair and the latter with a trucker hat and mustache, to fight over the exiting Colbert’s office. Next, Oliver appeared,…

Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart reunite to discuss Comey, Trump jokes and Bill O’Reilly

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and guest Jon Stewart. (Scott Kowalchyk/CBS)

Could there have been a more perfectly timed “Daily Show” reunion on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert”? About 10 minutes before Colbert hosted a special episode Tuesday night with his former Comedy Central colleagues (host Jon Stewart and correspondents John Oliver, Samantha Bee, Ed Helms and Rod Corddry) news broke that President Trump fired FBI Director James B. Comey.

It should have been a gold mine for the politically-minded comedians. However, given that everyone only had minutes to process the shocking announcement, there were only a few jokes about the topic. Colbert mentioned the news in his monologue — and seemed confused when the studio audience burst into applause. Later, during his interview with Stewart, Colbert asked the crowd directly: “When I said that Comey was fired by Trump, you all cheered. Why? Is it because what he did to Hillary?” he asked. The audience clapped in agreement.

“But you know he’s investigating Trump’s campaign’s ties to Russia? Which now will evaporate like cotton candy in the ocean,” Colbert explained. Stewart agreed the audience’s reaction was fascinating: “They didn’t know how to feel and it was interesting to watch.” Colbert asked Stewart if he misses hosting a nightly talk-show on days with major breaking news, such as the FBI director being fired.

“There are nights where I find myself sort of impotently shouting into the abyss, which, if you think about it, wasn’t that different from what I did on a nightly basis,” Stewart laughed. Still, he added, “The process of making the show somehow became entwined with my process of making sense of things that I didn’t understand. And the two sort of merged at some level. So I miss that.”

The two then moved on to other subjects — namely, Bill O’Reilly, who tangled with Stewart many times during his “Daily Show” years. Colbert said they hadn’t yet discussed O’Reilly’s exit from Fox News, which happened last month after the New York Times reported the network paid $13 million to multiple women through the years to settle sexual harassment claims.

“Are you surprised that it actually happened for him after so many…