Stephen has such a great sense of humor! Even though Gwen botched his last name at the 66th Annual Emmy Awards, the future late-night talk show host made light of the mispronunciation in a new interview.
Stephen Colbert holds no hard feelings after Gwen Stefani mispronounced his last name at the 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards, upon announcing The Colbert Report as the winner of Best Variety Series. In fact, Stephen thinks his Gwen-given name is pretty cool!
Stephen Colbert Mocks Gwen Stefani After Emmys Mispronunciation
We’re not sure what Gwen said, but it sounded something like “Colbore,” “Colbort” or “Colboar.” Either way, it definitely wasn’t the proper pronunciation.
Following the Emmy Awards fumble on Aug. 25, Stephen spoke to HollywoodLife.com and explained how he feels about Gwen botching his name, how he’ll celebrate his Emmy win, and what changes he’ll bring to late-night television, when he takes over Late Show With David Letterman in 2015. Read the full interview below!
How do you feel about Gwen Stefani mispronouncing your name?
“I think I just might change my name to Colborg. I am the Colborg. Resistance is futile.” (Evidently, Stephen heard “Colborg.”)
How did you feel after winning the Emmy?
“It’s really gratifying that everybody on my team and everybody on the show gets to share in the success of it. Everybody works so hard and we do 160 of these [episodes] a year and we really actually don’t have that much chance to know whether people like it and it’s just really nice recognition of all the hard work of everybody on staff. I get the applause and the laughter in front of the camera every night, but this is for everybody on the show. That’s the best part.”
How will you celebrate?
“[With an] In n’ Out burger. My pants are super tight and I had celery for breakfast.”
How would you feel about ending your own Emmy-winning streak?
“Oh, there’s chance that [The Colbert Report and Late Night] would overlap — that would be terrible. Am I looking forward to that? Am I looking forward to competing with myself? Is that what you’re asking? That sounds like a form of self-abuse, which I do look forward to. So no, I’ve got another way to do that. Thank you.”
What are the changes you’ll bring to late night television?
“I’m already there.. I just won the award for it. More of the same, but different — how about that? We’ve still got four months of [The Colbert Report] to do now, which takes 100 percent of my brain to get done, and I’m still really enjoying watching [David Letterman] right now.”
How do you feel about beating Jon Stewart?
“Nothing will every solidify my superiority over Jon Stewart. There’s no greater fan of Jon Stewart than yours truly.”
What did you think of Gwen’s fumble? Was it as bad as John Travolta‘s “Adele Dazeem” moment at the 2014 Oscars? Or was it not that bad at all? Let us know!
— Written by Chris Rogers, Reporting by Russ Weakland
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