Stephen Colbert devoted most of Tuesday’s Late Show to Howard Stern. Stern’s plugging his new book and Colbert’s looking for the biggest possible ratings on one of the final nights of the 2018-19 TV season, which Colbert will wrap celebrating an increased lead over NBC’s Tonight Show in total viewers – and, for the first time, beat Tonight in the demo.
Naturally talk turned to President Donald Trump whose election contributed mightily to Colbert’s ratings and who was, Stern said, one of his fave radio show guests because “he would say anything that came into his mind” calling the pre-POTUS trump “completely unfiltered.”Among Trump’s unfiltered remarks, Stern reminisced, Trump once called his daughter Ivanka the most attractive woman he had ever met.
Colbert, in turn described Trump as one of the most shallow people he has met, describing the president as “so shallow you could not get your ankles wet with him.”
Stern continued to maintain Trump never really wanted to be POTUS, running only as a stunt to goose flagging Celebrity Apprentice ratings and squeezes a raise out of NBC. Trump, Stern noted, had similarly teased possible presidential runs every four years, when he just happened to have a new book out that he was plugging.
Running for president, Stern said, was merely Trump’s “gimmick” to get a lot of press.
Trump asked for Stern’s endorsement in ’16, knowing him to be a big Hillary Clinton supporter, the radio shock jock said. And he admitted to Colbert he thought about endorsing Trump anyway, because “I could potentially be chief justice of the Supreme Court, or head of the FCC which plagued me my entire career.”
Of his own run as an NBC reality TV star, as a judge on America’s Got Talent, Stern told Colbert “turns out America didn’t have much talent” and he was ill suited to the gig, describing himself as “Fart Man” who people were scared of, but who turned into a “teddy bear” on the family friendly competition series.
“It was fun to do a couple of years, and then I went back to being a monster, and I’m fine,” Stern said of life since AGT.
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