Colbert Defends Fallon on Widely-Criticized Trump Interview: ‘I Don’t Entirely Understand the Furor’


Stephen Colbert defended his late-night rival Jimmy Fallon over criticism that the Tonight Show star took it easy on Donald Trump in a recent interview.

During The Bill Carter Interview, which is set to air Monday evening on SiriusXM, the Late Show host backed his 11:35 competitor for going with his “honest instincts,” and being true to the nature of his show.

“I don’t entirely understand the furor about it,” Colbert said.

Colbert admitted that he didn’t see the Fallon-Trump sit-down, but said that as long as hosts aren’t deceiving the audience, they aren’t doing anything wrong.

I think the host has this obligation – to be honest with their audience. And you have to go with your honest instincts. My honest instinct is to ask at least one question of some kind of substance with your guest. Even if the person is there only to push something that is not substantive…Even like the First Lady – I had one question that I really wanted to ask….We had a lovely time together, and I just wanted to ask…does she have any sympathy for Melania Trump for being in a situation where you end up being called out for plagiarism. And that’s all I required for me to enjoy that interview and to feel that I had served my own curiosity there. But for me I have to do that with every person who represents a political idea. But that’s not every host’s responsibility. Every host’s responsibility is to be honest with themselves and with their audience about the kind of show that they do. So I fault no host who acts consistently and honestly.

Check out the clip above, via SiriusXM. The complete interview will air Monday at 6:00 p.m. ET on SiriusXM’s Insight Channel 121.

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