Stephen Colbert went on a TV spree in the days before his Emmys hosting gig.
The Late Show host, whose main show is in repeats this week and who will host this year’s Emmy Awards on Sunday, stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live!, James Corden’s Late Late Show and CBS This Morning to provide details on Sunday’s ceremony, his preparation and how he feels about the coveted role.
Thursday night, Colbert made a surprise appearance on The Late Late Show With James Corden to take part in a sketch dubbed “Side Effects.”
“It’s not often that we CBS hosts have comedy specifically tailored to us,” Colbert tells Corden. He then added, “I heard you were doing this and said, ‘To hell with the Emmys, I’ve got to see this for myself.'”
Taking turns, Corden and Colbert read their personal side effects of being a CBS host, an awards show host and talking to celebrities. Although Colbert said the side effects of hosting a CBS show can include, “having LL Cool J’s personal phone number” and “still not being totally sure what CBS stands for,” just two of many digs at the pair’s home network, Colbert only had one side effect of being an awards show host, “Having to avoid Jon Hamm. He knows why.”
During his visit to Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Thursday, the ABC host, who emceed last year’s Emmys, offered Colbert some key advice: “Rule with fear.”
“They know you host the show every night, so they don’t want to be caught on camera yawning or doing something you might see and might punish them for later on,” explained Kimmel.
Earlier, Colbert couldn’t help but compliment Kimmel on his Sean Spicer interview, possibly revealing a little bit of envy in the process, saying he “always wanted to meet” the former White House press secretary. Kimmel said he was surprised by Spicer’s small stature, but Colbert wasn’t. “I know he was small, because I’ve met Melissa McCarthy,” the Late Show host said, referring to the actress who already won an Emmy in part for her portrayal of Spicer on Saturday Night Live.
Colbert has previously teased that the annual awards show will get political. He told reporters at the unveiling of the show’s ceremonial red carpet Tuesday that the Emmys are about celebrating television, “and the biggest television star of the last year was Donald Trump.”