Some of the best moments in late night comedy are unexpected, and Stephen Colbert delivered a great evening on Wednesday night. The Late Show Colbert shocked the world with Stephen Colbert by apologizing to Donald Trump. Yes, you heard that right. Stephen Colbert apologized to President Donald Trump – and he claimed that this had been done in all sincerity.
Colbert's Amazing Apology came in response to what Trump sees today as a ubiquitous phenomenon: so-called fake news on CNN.
"Let me serve a refreshment now," Colbert began harmlessly. "And I mean that sincerely, I agree with Donald Trump about something."
Before Colbert took too much time to build tension, he enlightened the audience what that mysterious thing might be: "CNN read."
He then stated that in a segment aired Wednesday evening, former SNL comedian Dana Carvey appeared on Trump's new security advisor John Bolton. When CNN published an article about the segment the next morning, the headline read: "Who plays John Bolton on SNL " ̵
"Fake News," he said in a recognizable Donald Trump impression. "I take everything back, I apologize, Donald Trump is a great president."
"Come on, CNN, that's not SNL ," continued Colbert. "Unless you think SNL stands for 'Stephen's Nightly Laughs'."
The difference between this show and its own, Colbert stressed, is not difficult to decipher. "Here's how you can see that the clip was not on Saturday Night Live ," he said. "It was a Wednesday we record during the day, and we're not live, you have three things wrong in three letters!"
"Still," he concluded, "it's nice to be recognized – so thank you, MSNBC."
However, if you wanted to believe the comedian's sincerity, you should head to the beginning of the segment, mentioning how successful the restart of ABC Roseanne was. After attracting 18 million viewers, Trump even called on actress Roseanne Barr to congratulate her – which, as many observers have noted, could also have something to do with the fact that Roseanne has a great deal both in real life and in the show Role plays fan of Trump.
"It was exciting to get a congratulatory call from the President of the United States of America, and POTUS is the fifth President I've been supported by! What a life!" Barr tweeted on Thursday .
None of this was lost to Colbert.
"The reason why Trump whispered about [ Roseanne is that on the show Roseanne, the character, agrees with Donald Trump, and many people have called that refreshing." Colbert said to open the segment. "Well, I want 18 million people to see my show, so let me serve a refreshment now."
The refreshment is of course the excuse – but so far there is no sign that Colbert will get the same recognition from the President as Roseanne. Trump did not tweet at all about the apology, and Colbert would probably not keep it secret if he had received a call from the president.
This may have something to do with previous opinions expressed by Colbert regarding the President in the past. He insulted Trump for everything from Trump's State of the Union address, to his intelligence, to his physical condition. In conclusion, one could conclude that Colbert did not have a very high opinion of the president – which is why he strongly insisted in this segment that he was "[taking] everything back". Given that everything has to be taken back, it is unlikely that this apology will give Colbert any ground.
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