While Trump recently rejected the current Late Night hosts, noting that they had no talent, Stephen Colbert says the president has actually taken over some of his rules from The Colbert Report.
"He could have stolen many of my rules," Colbert said at CBS & An 39 with An Evening with Stephen Colbert at PaleyFest in Los Angeles on Saturday. "He stole one thing the other day. We even made a clip of it that said it on the old show. & # 39;
"He (Trump) said: & # 39; I am not using my brain, I am using my gut, & # 39; and that is literally the opening of The Colbert Report, & # 39; said Colbert." I said: & # 39; Did you know that there are more nerve endings in your lower abdomen than in your brain? & # 39; He just said that. He is a wonderful idiot. & # 39;
Colbert also remembered that for the first time he wanted to call the president an idiot in his current program, The late show with Stephen Colbert. Showrunner Chris Licht asked him: & # 39; Are you sure you want to call the president of the United States an idiot? & # 39; Colbert & # 39; s answer? "I'm pretty sure."
The Colbert report (2005-2014) let him play a caricature of himself, which he said he would no longer work comically, because parodying "the American neutral" as a "white, heterosexual, male, Christian" "a current political position now "was.
When he received a standing ovation when he arrived at the PaleyFest stage, Colbert was thanked by moderator Pete Holmes (HBO & # 39; s Crashing) for supporting those who find today's politics both alarming and indigestible.
When Holmes Colbert asked his thoughts about recent comments from Jay Leno, the audience seemed a little surprised by his response.
During an interview with Al Roker on The Tonight Show earlier this week, Leno had said: "… everything is now, if people don't like you, they – everyone should know you politically." He added, "When people see you as one-sided, it only makes it difficult." Trump then tweeted his support from Leno, saying that he & # 39; late at night & # 39; very boring & # 39; and & # 39; completely unilateral & # 39; found.
While he focused on Leno & # 39; s comments at PaleyFest, Colbert said: & # 39; I agree with what he said. He said it was a different time … now there is one topic, so people see you more politically if you do it now, but I'm good at that. I don't think there's anything wrong with saying that this person is damaging the nation. & # 39;
Colbert also defended his position by saying that he does not see himself as a political player. "I don't think I should be taken seriously," he said, "but I feel serious about what's going on in the country …. I'm here to make everyone feel better and know that they are not alone to be."
There were also some good-natured jokes at CBS's expense, despite the presence of network president Kelly Kahl in the audience.
"You can't even show a pencil drawing of two frogs having sex," Colbert said about the network, much to the laughter of the PaleyFest crowd. "We had a non-political story about these two frogs, and over my shoulder we had a pencil drawing from a scientific journal … and we got a message from the network that said: & # 39; You can't show that . & # 39; "
But Colbert cleverly took his revenge. The next day he said they decided to do a "completely made up" story with tandem parachuting jumping frogs. "We used the exact same photo. They didn't fade it." He also remembered being told he couldn't even say "happening" in Latin.
But a joke made it clear to Colbert that he embraced and even enjoyed those network rules. "I like limitations," he said, "& # 39; Doing everything & # 39; is a terrible comment. & # 39;