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This story first appeared in the Feb. 12 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.
Producer and Phoenix Pictures chairman and CEO Mike Medavoy happened to be watching The Late Show With Stephen Colbert with his wife, Irena, on Jan. 25 when they saw his face flash onscreen alongside conservatives Bill Kristol and Erick Erickson during Colbert’s bit about right-wingers who penned anti-Donald Trump essays in National Review. (Also pictured were the fictitious Dowager Countess and Monopoly Guy.) Problem is, producers meant to show radio host Michael Medved, not legendary Democratic fundraiser Medavoy. “I thought it was pretty funny,” Medavoy tells THR. “I got a bunch of emails from friends right away.”
Medavoy sent an email to Colbert via CBS chief Leslie Moonves, which reads: “I’ve long admired your intelligence, wit and sense of humor. However, in no way do I admire your research group that mistook a picture of me for a conservative pundit who looks nothing like me — you see I have red hair. This is said just in fun: If I make a movie and screw up, and believe me after 323 movies I have made, I get to hear about it.” A Late Show rep declined comment.
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