Stephen Colbert is getting ready to take over Late Show hosting duties from David Letterman. Those are pretty big shoes to fill, and his fellow late night hosts aren’t going to make it easy for him. But it’s all in good fun, of course.
As Gossip Cop reports, Jimmy Fallon took to Twitter to take some humorous jabs at Colbert ahead of his first night hosting the late-show on Tuesday night.
To our friends at @colbertlateshow, congrats on your first show and hopefully dozens more. Break a finger.
— jimmy fallon (@jimmyfallon) September 8, 2015
Fallon and Colbert are friends but now they’re going to have to compete with each other for late-night ratings in the same time-slot. Colbert actually made a quick appearance on Fallon’s first-ever episode hosting the Tonight Show over a year ago.
“Welcome to Late Night, b***h,” Colbert said to Fallon at the time.
— Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome) February 19, 2014
Two months later, CBS announced that Colbert would be taking over from David Letterman, who has hosted the Late Show since 1993. Other late night talk-show hosts also offered advice via a video montage, posted on the Vanity Fair YouTube account.
“I would be very rude to the guests and wear a lot of cologne” Jimmy Kimmel says. To which Colbert responds, “Oh, so don’t change anything then.”
James Corden, who hosts the Late Late Show right after, suggested that he save all his best bits for the last four months of the show, while incoming Daily Show host Trevor Noah reminded him to mind his tweets. Trevor should be all too familiar with that, since he was blasted for tweets he made in the past that some deemed anti-semitic.
Conan O’Brien advised Colbert to just give up the whole television thing altogether and look into other investments — like real estate. “That’s what’s gonna last,” O’Brien deadpanned. “And I mean valuable real estate. Real estate that’s on the water; real estate that’s in a city that’s up-and-coming. Don’t buy in Florida.”
Bill Maher didn’t advise Colbert to quit television, but he did say the he shouldn’t be himself. “Be a character,” Maher suggested to Stephen. “No one wants to see you.”
Colbert begins his Late Show stint tonight, Tuesday, September 8, at 11:35 p.m. on CBS. George Clooney and Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush will be his first guest. According to Rollingstone.com, his bandleader is going to be Jon Batiste, a musical maestro from New Orleans. Kendrick Lamar is scheduled to be the first musical guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert when he performs on Wednesday, September 9.
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