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After the Denver Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers 24-10 — and Coldplay rocked the halftime show with Beyonce and Bruno Mars — CBS turned to Colbert and his slew of A-list guests.
During his opening monologue, Colbert threw a football offscreen to introduce a few special guests, including Astronaut Scott Kelly and Star Wars’ Chewbacca, before tossing the pigskin to President Barack Obama.
After fielding questions about what happened in the game, Obama insisted to Colbert that their interview (during Colbert’s live after-show) was pre-taped. To prove it, Obama walked an earlier Colbert onto the screen. Still, Obama said he knew the Denver Broncos won the game, because “all of the Super Bowl winners are written on the back of the constitution.” The president, who earlier did a pre-game interview with Michelle Obama for CBS, then threw the football over to the First Lady, who was in the next room leading a touchdown dance with a group of children.
Colbert’s first guests were Tina Fey and Margot Robbie, who were on hand to promote their upcoming film Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.
Will Ferrell appeared next, but strategically dodged all questions related to his upcoming film, Zoolander 2. Dressed in field wear and strapped with a fake gun, Ferrell instead told Colbert that he thought his show could use a visit from an animal expert. The actor proceeded to bring out a series of animals, including a kitten, guinea pig, duck and squirrel (which he named Peyton Manning).
When a confused Colbert tried to prod Ferrell by asking what it was like reprising his Zoolander character, Mugatu, for the sequel, he replied, “Yeah, yeah, it was a lot of fun.” Both were close to breaking character during the live show as they struggled to contain their laughter.
He then aired a pre-taped football sketch with Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, where Key and Colbert played wide receivers constantly getting flagged by the referee, played by Peele, for their excessive touchdown dances.
Colbert ended his live show with Fox News’ Megyn Kelly, who dished on her ongoing feud with Donald Trump and plans for the March 3 GOP debate.
Kelly, whom Colbert jokingly referred to as Trump’s “kryptonite” in the show’s opening, cleared the air for Fox News as she stated that the network is “not feuding with [Trump], but he does have a beef with me.”
Colbert mentioned a recent tweet Trump posted in which he wrote that he “refused” to call Kelly a “bimbo.” “Is there anything you’d like to refuse to call him right now?” the host then asked. “Second-place loser? Anything?”
Kelly responded, “The only thing I really wanted to ask him was — he recently said that his supporters are so devoted to him that he could go in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and he wouldn’t lose a single voter. In response, I want to ask him, ‘Were you talking about me?’ ” She joked that she doesn’t visit Fifth Avenue anymore and called the public feud a “surreal experience.”
On plans for the March 3 debate, Kelly revealed that she had an opening question prepared for Trump, though she didn’t disclose any details to Colbert. “I’m gonna start with, ‘Apology accepted,’ ” she joked, before adding, “I’m looking forward to him coming. All the questions I had for him the last go-round, I’m just gonna move over to the March 3 debate rundown. We’re gonna have at it, just like I’ve had at it with all the other guys — and Carly — who’ve been up there. It’s gonna be a robust exchange and I think he’s gonna walk away saying, ‘What was my problem?'”
She concluded, “It’s gonna be fine between us.”
The move towards late-night programming is a change from the trend of primetime shows getting the coveted post-game timeslot.The Late Show, which started in September, aired live from New York, followed by a special edition of The Late Late Show With James Corden, which saw Elton John taking part in Corden’s signature “Carpool Karaoke” segment.
In Los Angeles markets, the local news cut into Colbert’s show, cutting him short by about two minutes and abruptly ending his show with a commercial break signoff after his interview with Kelly.
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