Q: Did you have any involvement in choosing Stephen Colbert as
A: No. Not my show. When we sign off, we’re out of business with
CBS. I always thought Jon Stewart would have been a good
choice. And then Stephen. And then I thought, well, maybe this
will be a good opportunity to put a black person on, and it
would be a good opportunity to put a woman on. Because there
are certainly a lot of very funny women that have television
shows everywhere. So that would have made sense to me as well.
Q: But you were not consulted?
A: [shakes head no] Mm-mmm.
Q: Did that bother you?
A: Yeah, I guess so. Just as a courtesy, maybe somebody would say:
“You know, we’re kicking around some names. Do you have any
thoughts here?” But it doesn’t bother me now. At the time, I
had made the decision [to leave] and I thought, O.K., this is
what comes when you make this decision.
Stewart was always my pick, too.