Stephen Colbert clowned with co-hosts Elizabeth Vargas and George Stephanopoulos, helped weatherman Sam Champion with his makeup, cooked with Emeril Lagasse and sang a duet with Kenny Rogers — all on “Good Morning America” Tuesday on ABC.
The Comedy Central funnyman was guest-host for the day on the ABC morning show, one of a string of guest hosts who have turned up recently to fill the void left by Robin Roberts, who is on medical leave.
For Colbert, 48, the “GMA” gig was his third high-profile TV appearance in as many days (outside of his own show, “The Colbert Report,” on Comedy Central).
Previously, Colbert was Oprah Winfrey’s guest for a one-hour in-depth interview on “Oprah’s Next Chapter” Sunday night on OWN. And on Monday night, Colbert appeared on David Letterman’s “Late Show” on CBS. The sudden flurry of media appearances is in support of Colbert’s new book, released Tuesday — another satirical tome “written” by the pompous “Colbert” character he plays on his Comedy Central show. The book’s title: “America Again: Re-Becoming the Greatness We Never Weren’t.”
On the “Letterman” show, Colbert told amusing anecdotes about life with his family. On “Oprah’s Next Chapter,” he talked somewhat more seriously about his life and origins. Among the topics Oprah asked about, not surprisingly: The plane crash in 1972 that took the lives of his father and two older brothers when the future TV star was 10 years old. Colbert gave a very interesting, thought-provoking answer about how he dealt with the tragedy then, and how he frames it now when he looks back on it.
Oprah also asked Colbert about another event that changed his life: His appearance in 2006 at the annual White House Correspondents Dinner in Washington in which his performance — which included a number of sharply barbed remarks aimed at then-President Bush, who was sitting on the dais — didn’t seem to go over that well with the audience in the room. Nevertheless, it became an Internet sensation and helped launch Colbert on his phenomenal career.
On the “Letterman” show, Colbert told Dave what it was like to be interviewed by Oprah. Among other things: She gives her guests gifts (unlike Dave). “She gave us German steak knives!” Colbert said admiringly. To which Dave replied: “An appearance on our show is the present!”