“Just like the rest of America, I don’t know about you, I tuned in to 60 Minutes last night to see the story everybody’s talking about,” Stephen Colbert said in his Late Show monologue Monday night, before making a joke about the segment after concerning Greek basketball star Giannis Antetokounmpo.
The host was of course talking about Anderson Cooper’s big interview with porn star Stormy Daniels, which drew 22 million viewers on Sunday—more than Donald Trump and his family received when they appeared on that CBS program following the 2016 election. “They haven’t had numbers like that since Mike Wallace went undercover as a pole dancer,” he joked.
After detailing the many revelations from the interview, including the fact that Trump didn’t wear a condom during their sexual encounter and is now suing Daniels for $20 million, Colbert said, “It’s an insane, salacious tale about a sitting president—and the least surprising story I’ve ever heard.”
“It all felt real. It all felt true,” Colbert continued. “That felt truer than him getting elected.”
From there, he played the clip of Daniels describing how she spanked him with a magazine that featured his face on the cover. “From that moment on he was a completely different person,” she told Cooper. “He quit talking about himself and he asked me things and I asked him things and it just became, you know, more appropriate.”
“Hmm, a couple of spanks and Donald Trump started acting ‘more appropriate,’” Colbert observed. “John Kelly, you know what to do.”