Following the recent announcement that the show would begin taping episodes without an in-studio audience to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus, Late Show host Stephen Colbert went one step further on Monday by avoiding the New York City-based studio altogether.
Starting March 16, Colbert decided to bring the late-night show home with him.
From the comfort of his own bathtub, the 55-year-old comedian performed a 10-minute monologue in an attempt to inspire his viewers to self-isolate in the midst of the global pandemic.
After first stressing the importance of social isolation amid the health crisis, Colbert — who was dressed in a suit — later took aim at U.S. President Donald Trump, criticizing him for his efforts to keep COVID-19 under control in America.
“Trump thinks the White House is doing just a great job,” the TV host said of the Republican president’s COVID-19 briefing at the White House on Monday morning.
The show then cut to a clip of Trump, 73, stumbling over some of his words during the public briefing.
“There’s been a tremendous amount of… the way they’re working together. They’re working hand-in-hand,” said the president.
“Yes,” said Colbert, waist-deep in his bubble-filled bathtub, “to control the spread of this virus, they are working hand-in-hand, tongue-in-mouth, sneeze-in-face.”
“As recently as yesterday, Trump was saying he had this virus under control. Today…” said the host, prompting another clip from Trump’s speech.
In the snippet, a reporter asks the president: “You’re not saying it’s under control, right?”
“If you’re talking about the virus, no, that’s not under control for any place in the world,” he replies.
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