Stephen Colbert Responds to Trump’s Criticisms of Late Night: ‘We Are Number One’

Stephen Colbert Responds to Trump’s Criticisms of Late Night: ‘We Are Number One’
Comedian provided what he thought was a 'little correction' to a presidential tweet

By Zachary Leeman | March 15, 2019

President Donald Trump has been especially critical of left-leaning late-night hosts this week.

The president took to Twitter on Wednesday to respond to an interview that former “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno gave “Today.”

The comedian said modern late-night hosts are too political and have lost the civility of the job.

“Jay Leno points out that comedy (on the very boring late night shows) is totally one-sided. It’s tough when there’s only one topic.” @foxandfriends Actually, the one-sided hatred on these shows is incredible and for me, unwatchable. But remember, WE are number one — president!” tweeted Trump in response.

Trump’s tweet earned responses from Jimmy Kimmel, Stephen Colbert and others.

Trump then took to Twitter on Thursday to continue criticizing modern late-night shows.

In his tweet, the president quoted television writer and producer Michael Loftus (“Anger Management,” “Kevin Can Wait”), a comedian who had recently criticized late-night television on an episode of Fox News’ “Fox & Friends.”

Related: Jimmy Kimmel Responds to Trump’s Late-Night Criticisms: ‘What a Snowflake’

“The three very weak and untalented late-night ‘hosts’ are ‘fighting over table scraps. Carson did a great job, it wasn’t political. I don’t know what they’re going to do in 2024 when he’s no longer president? Will be wacky in the unemployment line.’ Michael Loftus,” tweeted Trump.

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1106169458106744834

Colbert responded to the further criticisms on his show on Thursday night by sharing a “little correction” of the president’s tweet.

“First of all, sir, three?” Colbert said, responding to Trump’s tweet about the “three very weak and untalented late-night ‘hosts.'”

Colbert then went on to name more than three late-night hosts — many of whom are on cable channels.

“James Corden, Seth Meyers, Sam Bee, Trevor Noah, Conan, Desus & Mero are just as weak and untalented as me and the double Jim-Jims,” joked Colbert.

The comedian then said he would have a “parade” when the president left office, though that would be strange for the man whose entire career right now is centered on the presidency of Trump.

Colbert then gave a “little correction” of Trump’s tweet where he said, “WE are number one — president!”

“Little correction,” said Colbert. “WE are number one — ‘The Late Show.'”

Check out this video:

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This piece originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.

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