Intro for April 11, 2014
"I won't be doing the new show in character, so we'll all get to find out how much of him was me. I'm looking forward to it." – What Stephen Colbert told The New York Times about succeeding David Letterman on Late Night. Apparently there were a lot of people who called for the job the day Letterman announced he was retiring. Colbert was one of them. And when CBS was interested too, he insisted that they clear it with Dave so that he could get Letterman’s blessing. Letterman obliged. At least that’s the story they’re giving the public.
SO curious what Colbert looks like without the “character”. That was probably the most common question yesterday, right? Who IS Stephen Colbert? And can the real Stephen Colbert handle the standard operating procedures that come with network television? He’s pretty selective about the guest content on The Colbert Report. And I’m not sure he can do that on CBS.
Like, how will Colbert live with having to interview people like Kanye West’s fiancée? Justin Bieber. Or Lindsay Lohan, who was just on Letterman this week. Even someone like…Kaley Cuoco. Will he endure it? Maybe that’s the point. Maybe he’ll endure it better than anyone else in the late night game in a way that we can all live with.
Wordfest with Jann Arden was f-cking amazing last night in Calgary. Thanks to all 400 of you for coming to the Calgary Public Library to talk about my book AND talk about gossip. Gwyneth Paltrow keeps coming up. And everyone has questions about “the sources”.
Now…HOME. I’m back in Vancouver and there’s an event tonight – click here for more information – and there’s no better place to conclude the first leg of my Canadian book tour. My book baby has come back to where it was conceived, where this blog was conceived. Look forward to seeing you all there.
Have a great weekend!
Yours in gossip,
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