Stephen Colbert Hoping For Healthy Donald Trump When ‘Late Show’ Starts In September

There is about a month to go before Stephen Colbert brings audiences his take on Late Show, and he admitted he is simply hoping for one thing: a healthy Donald Trump.

“Every little boy grows up believing they could be president of the United States. I’m so happy that little boy is Donald Trump. Please stay healthy until I get on the air,” Colbert said at the Television Critics Association press event in Los Angeles August 10.

Colbert followed former Late Show host David Letterman around the set during one of his final shows and peppered the host with questions that he said Letterman admitted to never being asked previously. “It was a very gracious way for him to say that only the person sitting in that chair would care about the answers.”

Colbert admitted to feeling eager about hitting the stage again; it has been nine months since he signed off from The Colbert Report. He also said that he thought freeing himself of the character he portrayed on his titular talk show would also prove to be important, as he thought he had done everything he could with the persona.

In addition to busily preparing for Late Show to bow, Colbert hit The Daily Show With Jon Stewart set for a final time during Stewart’s final show to thank him.

“You said to me and to many other people here years ago never to thank you because we owe you nothing. It is one of the few times I’ve known you to be dead wrong,” Colbert said to Stewart, who shifted uncomfortably in his chair during Colbert’s address. Colbert finished by calling Stewart “infuriatingly good.”

Jon Stewart signed off from The Daily Show on August 6, and Colbert was initially one of Stewart’s correspondents before he started with The Colbert Report.

Colbert‘s new show bows September 8, but that does not mean the comedian has been kicking back during the nine months since The Colbert Report went off the air. He has been active on the show’s YouTube channel, promoting Late Show, and on Twitter, where he most recently posted a link to a promo he did with Mitt Romney.

Until September 8, Colbert is continuing to regularly post on both the Late Show‘s YouTube channel and making appearances on the talk show circuit. Colbert is, apparently, also looking forward to more Donald Trump jokes and continues to pray for the presidential candidate’s continued well-being. He actually had some advice for Trump during the TCA press tour.

“Don’t do anything dangerous, don’t ride any motorcycles because every night I light a candle and pray that he stays in the race, and I also pray that nobody puts that candle near his hair,” Colbert said.

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