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Colbert Talks ‘Dry Trumping,’ Late Night Wars, and Making Jon Stewart Cry at TCAs

Stephen Colbert chatted up reporters at the TCAs today to dish on his new Late Show, Jon Stewart‘s big sendoff last week, and “dry Trumping.”

Colbert brought his entire Colbert Report creative team over to CBS with him, but because he’s no longer playing a character, he’ll have the freedom to be more genuine:

To prep for his big new network role, Colbert sought advice from his predecessor David Letterman:

Of course, late night has been plagued with “wars” in the past, be they between Jay Leno and Letterman or Leno and Conan O’Brien. But Colbert has no interest in that stuff:

But it was clear there was one big issue Colbert’s been itching to joke about (and already did in a online video): Donald Trump. And he ended up coining a phrase that will probably end up in your nightmares tonight:

But, of course, Colbert also addressed his big moment during Jon Stewart’s finale last week. After a huge segment in which almost every single Daily Show correspondent ever showed up, Colbert topped the entire thing off by not just joking about how Stewart is like Frodo, but taking Stewart completely by surprise and bringing him to tears with a heartfelt thank you for all the lives and careers he’s helped and pushed along over the years. And as far as he’s concerned, that moment was a career highlight:

Oh, and Kendrick Lamar is going to be his first musical guest. Fitting, seeing as how he was the final Colbert Report musical guest.

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