Monday, July 15, 2024

Stephen Colbert’s Return to Full Audience: So-So Ratings and a Peculiar Appearance by Jon Stewart


Does Jon Stewart really think the coronavirus was hatched in the Wuhan Lab? You might think so after watching his rant on Stephen Colbert last night. At the 4 minute mark, Stewart launches into a tirade that seems pretty convincing. Colbert isn’t sure if it’s tongue in cheek and looks a little surprised at Stewart’s take that bats are everywhere and don’t cause COVID. Stewart didn’t seem facetious, but who knows with these guys?

The ratings for Colbert’s return to a full audience at the Ed Sullivan Theater were so so, just 2.3 million people in the overnight ratings. Jon Batiste performed his new song, “Freedom.” I really like Jon Batiste, but this whole thing is very much like Pharrell Williams’s great song, “Freedom.” Too much freedom can be a bad thing, maybe.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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