Stephen Colbert picked a bad time to go on hiatus


Stephen Colbert typically has the best timing in late-night TV. But The Late Show with Stephen Colbert didn't quite land the timing with its latest hiatus.

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert hasn't aired a new episode this week. That won't change over the next few days as more rerurns will air on CBS, leaving a noticeable void in late-night.

That means we won't get any Stephen Colbert monologues on Donald Trump's trial. Jury selection is over, and we've already heard testimony from one key witness.

On Tuesday, former National Enquirer publisher David Pecker detailed the "catch and kill" practices used to keep certain stories from the tabloids. He also revealed how Michael Cohen would assist the Enquirer embellish stories about Trump's rivals during the 2016 election.

The testimony contained the sort of details that Colbert's monologue typically runs with. While Pecker's comments weren't exactly earth-shattering, it's easy to see how Colbert and The Late Show writers could punch up the testimony with jokes.

Then, there are the reports about Donald Trump's demeanor in court. Reports suggest he once again struggled to stay awake during the trial. Other journalists noted that Trump seemed to be completely uninterested in anything that wasn't about him.

Again, that shouldn't necessarily shock anyone. But The Late Show with Stephen Colbert is the best at taking Trump's "normal" behavior and amplifying the absurdity. Colbert doesn't exactly need to be shocked by Trump's actions in order to deliver a high-quality, viral monologue.

But with rerun episodes scheduled through Friday, April 26, it will be a while before we get to hear Stephen Colbert's reactions. We're still waiting on confirmation that The Late Show with Stephen Colbert plans to return on Monday, April 29. But it's hard to imagine Colbert will sit out another week of testimony in Donald Trump's trial.