Despite the fact that both Jake Tapper and Stephen Colbert are two of the biggest names in their respected fields, their relationship stretches back well over a decade. As the CNN anchor and Late Show host recounted to the audience Wednesday night, they met on the campaign trail in Iowa and have maintained a friendship over the years.
But the State of the Union anchor was more than skeptical the moment he found out in 2005 that Colbert was tapped to host his own show for Comedy Central, a spin-off of sorts of the venerable Daily Show he had been working on as a correspondent.
“I was with you at the [White House] Correspondent’s Dinner in 2005,” Colbert told Tapper, “the year before I did it — when I found out I was gonna do The Colbert Report.” (Colbert famously performed at the event for President George W. Bush in 2006.)
Tapper added that Colbert got up from the table for a long time — “half an hour, forty minutes” — and eventually returned to tell Tapper that a deal with Comedy Central was done for the new show.
“And then I told you what the idea for the show was!” recounted Colbert. “And you said…?”
Tapper took a deep breathe before revealing his words of skepticism on that night many years ago. “You really think you can do that for half an hour?” he revealed to laughs from the crowd.
The two young journalists met in Iowa previously while trying to score soundbites from Howard Dean on the campaign trail. Despite Colbert not having much success in his efforts, a young Tapper sheepishly admitted upon their introduction, “Well, you got more than I did.”
“We were two young, hungry correspondents desperate for air time,” Tapper recalled fondly.
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