Colbert pays Letterman a visit
May 5th, 2011
12:34 PM ET

Colbert pays Letterman a visit

In the recent tradition of Craig Ferguson showing up on "Conan," Stephen Colbert singing "Friday" on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" and Ferguson trading gifts with the "Late Night" host, Wednesday night's "Letterman" had another appearance that could indicate a softening of the late night wars.

When Colbert started discussing the recent severe weather in the South (asking his viewers to donate to the Red Cross, of course), he soon found himself in need of a bathroom. Unfortunately, the shared Viacom (the company which owns CBS and Comedy Central) bathroom key is in Letterman's Ed Sullivan Theater.

So naturally, he interrupted Letterman's show looking for it. This took place on both shows, though only "Colbert Report" viewers saw that outgoing CBS anchor Katie Couric had occupied the john.

What do you think of this recent spate of late night hosts showing up on each others' shows? Do you think they're showing that they can get along after the Leno-O'Brien mess? Share your view below.

Filed under: Conan • David Letterman • Late Night comedy • television

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  1. Seamus

    At least with Time Warner Cable subscribers in the NYC area, Colbert announced it was "11:40" at 11:37. Hence, if a subscriber switched to Letterman when Colbert said to (as I did), the continuity did not transfer over. Letterman's monologue, when Colbert was supposed to appear, was 3 minutes behind when Colbert "left" his show. Viacom needs to learn how to synchronize their television shows.

    May 5, 2011 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Chuck

    What "war" is there between Letterman and Ferguson? They're on the same network. And Letterman is, technically, Ferguson's boss since Letterman's company produces both his and Ferguson's shows.

    May 5, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Sebastian

    This article indicates that this is "another appearance that could indicate a softening of the late night wars." I think that is not correct, since there was no beef between Letterman and Colbert to start with. Colbert, Stewart, Conan, Fallon, Letterman and Kimmel are all in good terms with each other; the only beef is obviously with Leno. And I doubt we will see an appearance by Leno on any of their shows at least for many years, if ever. Only perhaps on Fallon's show, if NBC twists his arm.

    May 5, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |

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