Stephen Colbert is taking over "The Late Show" on CBS in September, but he went back to his roots for Jon Stewart's final "Daily Show" episode. He tells the 2015 TCA summer press tour Monday (Aug. 10) that making Jon Stewart cry was the absolute best. He also says he knew Stewart was going to be wildly uncomfortable.
"I'd already written the Frodo/Sam thing that I did in the last show and one of the producers said would you mind -- we'd like to say thank you, would you come up with something?" recounts Colbert. "And I said sure, but you know he's going to flop around like a fish on a dock. He's not going to allow me to do that. I felt like a rodeo clown, trying to keep him on that stage. I thought he was honestly gonna leave."
But Colbert persevered and said all the correspondents who came back for the episode were delighted that Stewart got so emotional.
"When all the rest of the correspondents came out at the end, you can't hear it on the recording unfortunately, but we're all chanting, 'Made him cry! Made him cry!' I think that may be my favorite thing I ever did on 'The Daily Show,' because it's true -- he never let you thank you," says Colbert.
"The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" premieres Tuesday, Sept. 8 at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.