Jon Stewart as President.
He ended with a classic Jon Stewart moment on Colbert's fellatio joke about Trump and Russian Federation. About 10 minutes before Colbert hosted a special episode Tuesday night with his former Comedy Central colleagues (host Jon Stewart and correspondents John Oliver, Samantha Bee, Ed Helms and Rod Corddry) news broke that President Trump fired FBI Director James B. Comey.
Colbert has been riding high in the ratings, eclipsing Jimmy Fallon as the most popular late-night host since Trump's inauguration with a steady stream of ridicule for the new president. "There comes a time when a man has to do something different", a soul patch-wearing Colbert said while packing his belongings.
Later, during his guest spot, Stewart told Colbert, "I've been reading about you".
Immediately following this moment and clearly picking up on Colbert's attitude, Stewart pivoted to a more direct response to the FCC controversy.
In the full segment, seen above, Colbert flashed back to 2005 for his last day at The Daily Show.
Whether the rest of the reunion was a success is harder to judge.
In this photo provided by CBS, guest Jon Stewart, left, speaks with host Stephen Colbert on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert", during the television show on Tuesday, May 9, 2017, in NY. It had the vibe of a sketch written quickly and barely rehearsed.
USA to equip Kurdish fighters in Syria
At the same time, US leaders on Tuesday sought to stress they planned to continue to involve Turkey in the fight against ISIS. Trump is scheduled to meet his Turkish counterpart, President Recep Erdogan, at the White House next week.
Two nights after delivering Monday's radioactive monologue, Colbert had breathed new life into it, telling viewers one Donald Dis might have been a bit rough, language-wise, though he stood by the sentiment.
"You know James Comey was sacked by Trump tonight?"
"We're a family", said Stewart, pretending to choke up, "but I guess I'm realizing that you'll all spread your wings and leave me".
And then, finally, the reunion. "I've looked at the Comedy Central website, and I think they've burned all the tapes".
But the focused returned again and again to Stewart.
During their conversation - perhaps to make papa proud - Colbert put the censors to work, which Stewart didn't mind. Eight years later he got his own show, "The Colbert Report", in which he satirically played a Bill O'Reilly-esque conservative talking head, may he rest in truthiness.
It's too bad Colbert nearly immediately cut to commercial after that, because Stewart's point could have inspired an interesting debate.
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