Watch Stephen Colbert Reprise His “Colbert Report” Character

Stephen Colbert stopped by BuzzFeed’s New York offices Friday as part of the company’s new Breakfast at BuzzFeed speaker series.

And he gave us a very special gift.

No, it wasn’t just a morning cuddle with Pikachu.

Colbert hasn’t publicly reprised his iconic character from The Colbert Report since the show said its goodbyes in December 2014…

But when BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith asked Colbert if that old character still exists ~inside him~, he snapped right back into “Stephen Colbert.”

And lo, it was glorious.

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Asked why the character is supporting Donald Trump, “Colbert” took a long pause before saying that it’s “because he’s worse than truthiness.”

“He’s taken it one step further, because it doesn’t even matter whether you believe it’s true, it’s just that it sounds good coming out of your mouth.”

When it came time to be the real Stephen Colbert again, he shook the character right out of him.

He also discussed the way the iconicity of the character impacts his interviews today: “I think sometimes [guests] think I’m gonna throw a punch because they saw the old show for 10 years. The legend of ‘Stephen Colbert’ the character doesn’t help me in any way in those interviews. So I spend a fair amount of my interviews sometimes — someone sits down and I’ll look in their eyes and go ‘Oh, they were a fan of the—’ and I’ll have to calm them down for the first 30 seconds because they think I’m gonna go for the jugular.”

“I broke a sweat doing that,” Colbert said. “So did I,” said Smith.

Even if you have to shake him off now and again, it was nice to see you again, “Stephen.”


You can watch the full Facebook Live interview here.

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Long live Stephen Colbert.

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