“That I do. I learned it from you, Dad,” Colbert replied, laughing.
Stewart went on to seriously address the controversy in which Colbert had recently made a crude joke about President Donald Trump on the show.
“The things that you say, even if they’re crass or even if in some ways they’re not respectful enough to the office of the presidency, we can insult, he can injure,” Stewart said of Trump. “It’s the difference between insult and injury. For the life of me, I do not understand why in this country we hold comedians to a standard we do not hold leaders to. It’s bizarre.”
He added that he is enjoying retirement, but some political moments have made him miss addressing the world.
“There are nights where I find myself sort of, impotently shouting into the abyss. Which, if you think about it, isn’t that different from what I did on a daily basis,” he joked. “But the things that I’ve gained in terms of time spent with family and things like that, I wouldn’t give up.”
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Colbert then brought out a group of Stewart’s former correspondents including Samantha Bee, Ed Helms, John Oliver, and Rob Corddry.