Stephen Colbert thinks the most high-profile television star of the year is President Trump, according to a cover story published Tuesday.
"The biggest story of the year is not 'Westworld,'" Colbert told Variety for a piece promoting his Emmy Awards hosting gig Sunday. "It's not 'The Handmaid's Tale.' It's not Milo Ventimiglia's luscious abs. That's not what we cared about, ... The biggest TV star of the year is Donald Trump."
Ratings for CBS' "Late Show With Stephen Colbert" have jumped during the Trump administration as viewers tune in to hear the late night comedian's take on the president and for help distilling the daily onslaught of news. Colbert said keeping up with the Trump-era news cycle has been a job in itself, recounting how he had to re-tape an opening monologue in May to reflect breaking news that FBI Director James Comey had been fired.
"I feel like I went on a bender last night," Colbert continued. "But all I did was watch the president of the United States, and then watch CNN to see who would burst into tears first, Van Jones or David Gergen."
But Colbert, who described himself as a Democrat in a 2004 interview, admitted satire alone will not derail Trump's agenda.
"Comedy will not stop him," he said. "The democratic process — that's it. The democratic process will stop this guy. It's the only way. That's it."