Colbert Talks Live Election Night Coverage: It ‘Was the Hardest Thing I’ve Ever Done in My Life’
During an event over the weekend with John Oliver, Stephen Colbert discussed a number of things. We told you yesterday how their conversation about Donald Trump went, but let’s take a moment to review their thoughts on Election Night, specifically.
During their fundraising event for the Montclair Film Festival, Oliver revealed that he was home watching election results on November 8 when it occurred to him that Colbert would need to do a live post-election show only minutes after coming to terms with the fact that it looked like Trump would win.
“I was like, ‘Oh shit, Stephen has a show in a half-hour, glad I’m not him.’ I turned on Showtime at 11:02 and I saw your eyes,” Oliver said, according to Page Six. “I was like, ‘No, I don’t want to see this.’”
Colbert wasn’t much more positive in his retelling.
“Fans were sobbing openly,” he said. “That show was the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life.”
He and his staff had prepared about two and a half episodes’ worth of content for the predicted Hillary Clinton win, but when his writers and executives asked if they should prepare more for a possible Trump victory, he said no.
“I’m like, ‘No! There is nothing you can write!’ I have 400 people in my theater, if we know Donald Trump is going to win, it’s going to be like doing stand-up comedy for one of those Chilean soccer stadiums where they bring in the villagers to execute the neighbors,” he explained.
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