With 24 hours to go as White House press secretary, Jay Carney visited Colbert’s show to explain why the daily press briefing has turned into theater over information gathering:

“I sometimes think the fact that the briefing is televised in its entirety.. creates a theatricality to it, and some sort of righteous indignation,” he said. “People pose and they want to hear themselves talk, or they want to create ‘moments’ — they’re creating some drama.”

“Shut the fuck up!” Colbert said, pretending to be at a briefing. “Did you ever want to [say] ‘Hey guys I got a question for you: why don’t you bite me?’.”

Carney’s response here: