Before future “Late Show” host Stephen Colbert was hired as a correspondent on “The Daily Show,” he tried his hand at morning television on “Good Morning America.”
The Comedy Central host told MediaBistro in 2003 that in 1996, he “desperately needed a job” and agreed to a stint as a correspondent for the show.
He told MediaBistro:
I had been working for ABC Entertainment at The Dana Carvey Show in 1996. That show got canceled, my wife wasn’t working, and we had a baby. Someone from entertainment division recommended to the news division that if they were looking for somebody who was funny but looked really straight, for a correspondent for Good Morning America, that they should consider me. … They asked me if I could do it, I said yes, and they hired me. I did exactly two reports.
Only one of those reports ever made it to air. Here it is:
Colbert was just named David Letterman’s successor on CBS’ “Late Show.”
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