Stephen Colbert isn’t shying away from the controversial topic of why another straight white guy has landed such a plum hosting gig as the one he’s about to have with CBS’ “Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”
Still, he believes he’s just the man for the job.
“[P]hysically women can relate to me,” he says in a recent essay for Glamour magazine. “I have womanly hips — soft and grabbable, and they really fill out my low-rise Levi’s. I’ve got muffin top for days. Sure, the other hosts bring the eye candy. Jimmy Fallon has a boyish charm, and for the ladies who are into ladies, if you squint, Jimmy Kimmel kind of looks like a rugged Mila Kunis. But female viewers need more than a pretty face. They need someone who will represent their voice. And I think this essay has proved that I have an authentic female perspective, because most of it was written by two female writers on my staff.”
Colbert and the “Late Show” staff (or whoever actually wrote that essay) also wants to remind viewers that theirs isn’t the only TV genre skimping on diversity.
“I am surprised that the world of late-night TV lacks a female presence, unlike sitcoms, which are packed with smoking-hot wives who teach their doughy husband a valuable lesson when he slips on a pizza and falls headfirst into a porta-potty full of beer. Check your local listings,” the essay also says.
Colbert recently spoke to journalists at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour, where he said he was itching to get back on stage. He also said he was eager to leave behind the persona he cultivated for Comedy Central’s “Colbert Report” and hopes to be interviewing “anybody who is interesting and has something to say.”
“On the old show I wore the character as lightly as a cap,” he told reporters. “I could dial it up and down as need be,” he said. “I’m looking forward to being sincerely interested in what they have to say without having to translate it through an idiot’s mouth.”
“Late Show with Stephen Colbert” premieres at 11:35 p.m. Sept. 8 on CBS.