Stephen Colbert rips Sean Hannity over texts to Mark Meadows

Stephen Colbert (Photo by Barry Brecheisen/Getty Images)
Stephen Colbert (Photo by Barry Brecheisen/Getty Images) /

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert returned on Monday night, and host Stephen Colbert had a lot of catching up to do. Colbert’s monologue went after Fox News host Sean Hannity over the text messages he sent President Donald Trump’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows.

Colbert had been off for the past week and a half. First, he was diagnosed with COVID and canceled a show. Then, The Late Show went on a scheduled hiatus last week.

But Colbert didn’t show any signs of rust as he ripped Hannity for his “bootlicking” texts to Meadows. In messages obtained by CNN, Hannity asked how he could help the Trump administration during the election and in the lead up to the election certification.

While Colbert wasn’t necessarily shocked to hear a Fox News personality working closely with the Trump White House, he was surprised at how willing Hannity was to accept marching orders.

Stephen Colbert’s monologue exposes Sean Hannity’s weak excuse

Stephen Colbert’s monologue started off by highlighting Sean Hannity replying “yes sir” to Mark Meadows in response to which states the Fox News host should drum up support for President Trump.

Colbert called it a shocking level of “toadyism,” even from a “guy who looks like a bullfrog.” The Late Show host went on to joke that Hannity was following the Fox News slogan of reporting the news and bootlicking President Trump.

Things didn’t get any easier for Hannity even after he tried to explain his text messages to Mark Meadows. Hannity claimed that he was a talk show host, not a journalist. He went on to admit that he doesn’t hide his political beliefs but that he also covers more than just politics. Comparing himself to a newspaper, Hannity opened the door to this final zinger from Colbert:

"Sean Hannity is just like a newspaper: out of date, bad for the planet, and only relevant to people over 70, and I’d love to see a puppy poop on him."

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