Published: Wed, February 15, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Stephen Colbert weighs in on Michael Flynn's resignation: 'You dummy'

Stephen Colbert weighs in on Michael Flynn's resignation: 'You dummy'

It's unclear whether Colbert's low-bullshit-threshold strategy can continue to attract more late-night viewers than Fallon's muss-the-hair-but-don't-poke-the-nose approach.

All of the late night shows, including The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, had no choice but to talk about National Security Advisor Michael Flynn's resignation on Tuesday night. The week prior, Colbert's show had slipped into the lead in total viewership by a margin of 12,000 viewers. As the Late Show host reminded us, Flynn had the shortest tenure ever in the job at just 24 days compared to the average span of more than two years. Variety reports that while Fallon dominates the coveted 18-49 demographic, Colbert's wide audience has overtaken his less partisan colleague. Colbert's crowd is strong with viewers ages 50 and up - a demo that watches more TV, is far more politically minded and votes.

"The powers of the president to protect our country are very substantial and will not be questioned", Stephen Miller said on CBS' "Face the Nation" on Sunday. "Let me test that theory: What the f*ck are you talking about?"

During the campaign trail, transition period and presidency, the "Late Show" host has blasted President Trump with a fervor that one can only characterize as "impassioned".

Colbert used his monolog to challenge some of Miller's claims about voter fraud and invited him on the show, saying he would call him a liar if he didn't show. Listen, if you don't show up, I'm gonna call you a liar.

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