Stephen Colbert Clarifies That Russian "Running for President" Interview

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Stephen Colbert's 18-week run atop the late-night ratings heap has come to an end.

Stephen Colbert took over as host, executive producer and writer of THE LATE SHOW on September 8, 2015. Being back in the US was a relief for Colbert, considering the attention he received overseas.

"You know who did know I was in Russian Federation?"

He talked a lot during the show about the "goons" openly surveilling him during his visit, opening his monologue by explaining that in case you didn't know, he had been in Russian Federation. "Hardcore fans, apparently. They followed me everywhere". Couple guys seemed to pop up wherever we went.

Colbert mockingly agreed how "important" it was to keep comedians under surveillance. I could be over there, I could be giving state secrets to the Russians. "Oh wait, somebody's already got that covered".

"Late Show with Stephen Colbert". Colbert's Monday-Wednesday average represent his lowest-rated week, in total viewers and in the demo, since January 9-13, aka the week before the Inauguration. "And I thought it would be better to cut out the middleman and just tell the Russians myself". After The Intercept obtained documents that showed the Russians may have tampered with the election, for example, Colbert said: "I'm a little rusty on my Constitution, but I guess that means new election?" If I decide to run, obviously, I'm not gonna ask the Russians to help my campaign. O.K.?

Colbert also teased Trump on Twitter, replying to the president's tweets about possible recordings of his conversations with fired FBI Director James Comey.

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