Anytime a new show is coming together, there are usually some hiccups with production, but last night new late night host Stephen Colbert revealed his first episode of The Late Show very nearly never made it to the air. CBS came down to crunch time with editing the episode and getting it out to the people. Here’s how Colbert put the story:
Even if everything does go perfectly, starting a new job that puts your face in front of millions of people is a lot of pressure. So, I’m sure Colbert was already amped up from taping the episode, which likely made him agitated when things started going poorly—especially when the clock reached the eleventh hour and the episode still wasn’t together, yet. Colbert likens the experience to having all of his organs shut down at once:
It’s a pretty great story, and Colbert does a good job of telling it, so if you want the longer edition, complete with bat nipples, Jeb Bush impressions and more, be sure to watch the opening monologue for last night’s episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, below.
The good news? The episode may have come down to the wire, but it did end up coming together and The Late Show lived to see another day on CBS without having to contend with disastrous headlines from the press the next morning. Although a few clips—including this Jeb Bush gem—were left out, Colbert’s style certainly set him apart from other late night hosts Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel, and it was overall a pretty successful first outing, down-to-the-wire problems notwithstanding.
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