New "Jeopardy!" Host Mired In Scandal Mere Days After Awarding Himself The Gig

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WELCOME -- WELCOME TO "THE LATE SHOW," LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, MR. AND MRS. AMERICA AND ALL THE SHIPS AT SEA, I AM YOUR STEPHEN COLBERT! >> Jon: THERE HE IS. ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ) >> Stephen: THIS CROWD IS ELECTRIC AND LIVE ON THIS PLANET TONIGHT! ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ) THEY WANT TO HEAR ME TALK ABOUT THE BIG STORY EVERYONE'S TALKING ABOUT NOW, CONTINUES TO BE THE CHAOS SURROUNDING THE RECENT POORLY-HANDLED REGIME CHANGE... OVER AT "JEOPARDY!" ( LAUGHTER ) NOW, BEFORE YOU SAY "STEPHEN, THE 'LATE SHOW' IS THE MOST PRESTIGIOUS OF ALL THE LATE NIGHT CHUCKLE-FESTS-- WHAT ARE YOU DOING TALKING ABOUT THE GAME SHOW 'JEOPARDY!' AND WHO WILL HOST IT?", I HAVE ONE THING TO SAY TO YOU: I DON'T KNOW. ( LAUGHTER ) ALL I KNOW IS, THE MISSION STATEMENT OF THIS SHOW IS TO TALK ABOUT WHAT EVERYONE IS TALKING ABOUT. AND FOR SOME REASON, EVERYONE IS TALKING ABOUT THIS. POSSIBLY TO AVOID TALKING ABOUT EVERYTHING ELSE. ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ) ( PIANO RIFF ) THAT'S IT. NAILED IT. THAT'S IT. BING, BANG, WRITE THAT DOWN. NOW THAT I'VE ESTABLISHED THAT THIS IS ITEM ONE OF THE NATIONAL CONVERSATION, LET ME FILL YOU IN ON THE DEETS. "JEOPARDY!" RECENTLY CONDUCTED A MONTHS-LONG SEARCH FOR THEIR NEW HOST, LED IN PART BY EXECUTIVE PRODUCER MIKE RICHARDS, ALSO KNOWN AS BLAND... JAMES BLAND. ( LAUGHTER ) DURING THEIR SEARCH, THE SHOW TRIED OUT EVERYONE FROM FRIEND OF THE SHOW ANDERSON COOPER TO FRIEND OF THE SHOW LEVAR BURTON TO FRIEND OF THE SHOW KATIE COURIC TO DR OZ. ( LAUGHTER ) WHICH IS WHY PEOPLE WER A BIT SURPRISED WHEN, IN THE END, AS THEIR PERMANENT WEEKNIGHT HOST, THE EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS OF "JEOPARDY!" SELECTED EXECUTIVE PRODUCER MIKE RICHARDS. WOW, WHAT ARE THE ODDS? EXACTLY THE SAME AS ME GETTING NAMED "STEPHEN COLBERT MAGAZINE'S SEXIEST MAN ALIVE." ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ) ( PIANO RIFF ) SUCK IT, RYAN GOSLING. ( LAUGHTER ) AMERICA'S LEADING GAME SHOW JOURNALISTS WERE STUNNED, INCLUDING THE HUFFINGPO, WHOSE HEADLINE BLARED, "SO THE 'JEOPARDY!' GUEST HOST ROTATION WAS APPARENTLY ALL FOR SHOW." WAIT A SECOND! ARE YOU TELLING ME THAT A TELEVISION SHOW DID SOMETHING THAT WAS FOR SHOW? ( LAUGHTER ) I'M SO DISILLUSIONED. ARE THOSE HOUSEWIVES EVEN REAL? ( LAUGHTER ) IT'S ONLY GETTING WORSE FOR RICHARDS, AFTER RESURFACED PODCAST AUDIO REVEALED THAT IN 2014, MIKE RICHARDS MADE CRUDE COMMENTS ABOUT WOMEN, JEWS, AND HAITI. ( BOOING ) >> Stephen: OOOH... LOOKS LIKE RICHARDS' JOB MIGHT BE IN "JEOPARDY!" (SCARY MUSIC) ( LAUGHTER ) ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ) SO WHAT DID HE SAY? WELL, ON ONE PODCAST, RICHARDS ASKED HIS CO-HOSTS, BOTH YOUNGER WOMEN, WHETHER THEY HAD EVER TAKEN NUDE PHOTOS, SAYING, "LIKE, BOOBY PICTURES?" "BOOBY PICTURES"? IS THIS MAN ABOUT TO BECOME THE HOST OF AMERICA'S MOST BELOVED QUIZ SHOW, OR A 12-YEAR-OLD BOY TRYING TO SNEAK INTO AN R-RATED MOVIE? MOVIE? "YES, I'D LIKE ONE GROWN-UP TICKET TO YOUR 2:00 P.M. BOOBY PICTURE. I HAVE BEEN TOLD THESE BOOBIES HAVE THE NIBLETS?" IN RESPONSE TO THESE NEW REVELATIONS, RICHARDS RELEASED A STATEMENT, SAYING, "IT'S MORE THAN CLEAR THAT MY ATTEMPTS TO BE FUNNY AND PROVOCATIVE WERE NOT ACCEPTABL, AND I HAVE REMOVED THE EPISODES." INTERESTING APOLOGY. "I KNOW I DROVE DRUNK AND PLOWED THROUGH YOUR ROSE GARDEN, BUT TO PROVE I'M SORRY, I RECYCLED MY EMPTY LIQUOR BOTTLES." PROVE I'M SORRY, I RECYCLED MY EMPTY LIQUOR BOTTLES." SPEAKING OF DISASTROUS TRANSITIONS: (BUZZER) "WHAT IS AFGHANISTAN?" ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ) NO ONE'S SURE AT THIS POINT. THE WITHDRAWAL DID NOT GO QUITE AS WELL AS JOE BIDEN HAD HOPED. AND UNFORTUNATELY FOR HIM, THERE WERE TV CAMERAS. HE REALLY SHOULD HAVE EVACUATED THOSE FIRST. IN A POLL TAKEN ON FRIDAY, BIDEN'S APPROVAL RATING WAS 53%. BUT OVER THE WEEKEND, HIS APPROVAL FELL FASTER THAN KABUL, PLUMMETING TO 46%. SO, YESTERDAY, BIDEN SAT DOWN WITH GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS FOR HIS FIRST ONE-ON-ONE INTERVIEW SINCE THE TAKEOVER, AND HE THOUGHT THE DEBACLE WENT ACCORDING TO PLAN. >> THE IDEA THAT SOMEHOW, THERE'S A WAY TO HAVE GOTTEN OUT WITHOUT CHAOS ENSUING, I DON'T KNOW HOW THAT HAPPENS. GRANTED, IT TOOK TWO DAYS TO TAKE CONTROL OF THE AIRPORT. WE HAVE CONTROL OF THE AIRPORT NOW. >> BUT WE'VE ALL SEEN THE PICTURES. WE'VE SEEN THOSE HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE PACKED IN A C-17. WE'VE SEEN AFGHANS FALLING-- >> THAT WAS FOUR DAYS AGO. FIVE DAYS AGO. >> STEPHEN: (AS BIDEN) "LOOK, JACK, NO ONE REMEMBER -- COME ON, MAN, GET REAL. ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ) NO, I'M SERIOUS, NO, COME ON, I'M NOT KIDDING AROUND, FOLKS, NO ONE REMEMBERS WHAT HAPPENED FOUR OR FIVE DAYS AGO. ALL THAT STUFF IS ANCIENT MONDAY! BUT I DO REMEMBER EVERY SINGLE THING MY DAD EVER SAID IN 1952. HE TOLD ME, 'JOEY, WHEN YOU LEAVE AFGHANISTAN, IT'S GOING TO BE MESSIER THAN A PACK OF DOGS EATIN' A BLUEBERRY PIE.' ANYWAY, WHAT WAS I TALKING ABOUT? WHO KNOWS AT THIS POINT? THAT WAS FOUR, FIVE SECONDS AGO. COME ON!" ( LAUGHTER ) IN OTHER POLITICAL NEWS, THE DELTA VARIANT HAS STORMED CAPITOL HILL. TODAY, THREE SENATORS ANNOUNCED WITHIN HOURS OF EACH OTHER THAT THEY HAD TESTED POSITIVE FOR THE CORONAVIRUS. OH, NO! I HOPE THE UNITED STATES SENATE IS NOT FAMOUSLY FULL OF THE OLDEST PEOPLE ON EARTH. ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ) WHAT? THE INFECTED SENATORS IN QUESTION ARE ROGER WICKER, REPUBLICAN OF MISSISSIPPI; ANGUS KING, INDEPENDENT FROM MAINE; AND JOHN HICKENLOOPER, DEMOCRAT FROM COLORADO. A REPUBLICAN, A DEMOCRAT, AND AN INDEPENDENT! AT LEAST THE VIRUS IS BIPARTISAN! ( LAUGHTER ) ( APPLAUSE ) CLEARLY, SOME SENATORS ARE REACHING ACROSS THE AISLE... AND NOT WASHING THEIR HANDS AFTERWARDS. ( LAUGHTER ) WE'RE GETTING NEW SCIENCE EVERY DAY ABOUT WHAT DOES AND DOESN'T PREVENT COVID. FOR INSTANCE, TODAY WE LEARNED THOSE ANTI-COVID PLASTIC BARRIERS PROBABLY DON'T HELP, AND MAY MAKE THINGS WORSE. WAIT, HAVE THEY EVER WORKED? BECAUSE FOR DECADES, THAT HAS ALSO BEEN OUR SALAD BAR PROTECTION TECHNOLOGY. THAT'S DISTURBING. ( APPLAUSE ) SO, I'M OFFICIALLY OFF SALAD, I'M OFF SALADS FOR SAFETY SAKE, UNLESS IT HAS FIRST BEEN STERILIZED IN A DEEP FAT FRYER. UNFORTUNATELY, COVID CASES CONTINUE TO SPIKE, ESPECIALLY ALONG THE GULF COAST, WHERE THE SO-CALLED "REDNECK RIVIERA" IS NOW A VIRUS HOTSPOT. NOW, IF YOU'VE NEVER BEEN THERE, IT'S KIND OF LIKE THE FRENCH RIVIERA, BUT INSTEAD OF THE CANNES FILM FESTIVAL, IT'S "THE SHOW-US-YOUR-CANS FESTIVAL." ( LAUGHTER ) ( APPLAUSE ) THAT RIGHT THERE, JON -- >> Jon: I DON'T MESS WITH THAT ONE. >> Stephen: THAT WAS DANGEROUSLY CLOSE TO AY PICTURE. ( LAUGHTER ) HEALTH OFFICIALS ARE BLAMING THE SPIKE ON THE AREA'S UNABATED TOURISM AND A DISREGARD FOR BASIC HEALTH PRECAUTIONS. COINCIDENTALLY, THAT'S ALSO FLORIDA'S STATE MOTTO. SOUNDS BETTER IN LATIN. IT'S A LITTLE CLASSIER. PEOPLE ARE IGNORING C.D.C. RECOMMENDATIONS. FOR EXAMPLE, DON'T GO TO FLORIDA. ALSO, IN A BAR CALLED "THE HANGOUT," PATRONS CRAMMED TOGETHER, UNMASKED, SINGING "COTTON EYE JOE." OF COURSE, THE LYRICS ARE A LITTLE DIFFERENT: >> Stephen: VACCINE'S FOR COTTON EYE JOE ♪ ♪ HE'S GOT TETANUS AND POLIO ♪ ♪ HE CAUGHT COVID TWO DAYS AGO ♪ ♪ NOW HE CAN'T SMELL MY CHICKEN GUMBO ♪ ( LAUGHTER ) DESPITE ALL THE COVID CONCERNS, MINI-GOLF COURSES, BARS, GO-KART TRACKS, AND HOTELS WERE FULL. AND ONE SHOPPER AFTER ANOTHER WALKED THROUGH THE MOUTH OF A GIANT, FAKE SHARK. IF ONLY THERE WERE SOME KIND OF METAPHOR FOR WILLINGLY STROLLING INTO THE JAWS OF DOOM. ( APPLAUSE ) THE DELTA VARIANT HAS HIT THE ENTIRE WORLD, WHICH APPARENTLY INCLUDES ENGLAND, WHERE A WHOPPING 94% OF ADULTS HAVE COVID-19 ANTIBODIES, AND ROUGHLY 80.7% OF THEIR ADULT POPULATION HAS BEEN FULLY VACCINATED BECAUSE THEY'VE REALLY FOCUSED ON REACHING VULNERABLE POPULATIONS, WHICH FOR THEM INCLUDES PEOPLE OVER 50. SO, BY BRITISH STANDARDS, I'M A VULNERABLE POPULATION. ALSO BY BRITISH STANDARDS, I DIDN'T GAIN 14 POUNDS OVER THE PANDEMIC. I GAINED ONE STONE. ( LAUGHTER ) ( APPLAUSE ) >> Jon: MM-HMM. LOOKING GOOD. >> Stephen: I'M IMPRESSED WITH HOW WELL ENGLAND IS DOING WITH THE COVID VACCINE, SO I'D LIKE TO SAY SOMETHING TO MY BRITISH VIEWERS. MEET ME OVER AT THE BRIT CAM. 'ALLO, GUV. THANKS FOR CLICKIN' ON THE OLE TELLY. JUST MARY POPPIN' IN TO SAY: PLEASE TAKE US BACK! THAT WHOLE "REVOLUTION" THING, WE WERE JUST HAVING A LAUGH! WE WERE TAKIN' THE PISS OUT OF YOUR BANGERS AND MASH! WE'RE GOBSMACKED BY YOUR VACCINATION RATE, JUST CHUFFED. BLIMEY! LET'S LEG IT TO THE PUB FOR ELEVENSES AND FISH AND CHIPS, INNIT? WE'LL DO WHATEVER YOU WANT: WE'LL CALL SOCCER "FOOTBALL," WE'LL CALL MATH "MATHS," AND WE'LL CALL PIERS MORGAN A JOURNALIST. ( LAUGHTER ) ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ) GOD SAVE THE QUEEN-- OR TOSS THE OLD BIRD, I'M NOT SURE WHICH SIDE YOU GUYS LAND ON RIGHT NOW. CHIM, CHIM, CHER-EE. ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ) WE'VE GOT A GREAT SHOW FOR YOU TONIGHT. ( PIANO RIFF ) MY GUESTS ARE THE FATHER-DAUGHTER TEAM OF SEAN AND DYLAN PENN. BUT WHEN WE RETURN, SEX. IT SELLS. STICK AROUND.

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