So when the host of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert stopped by Kimmel’s show on Thursday, Kimmel asked him if his Emmys preparation was going well.
“I hope so,” Colbert said. He then asked Kimmel if he had any hosting advice.
“You know everyone there. I mean, almost everyone there you’ve had on your show,” Kimmel said. “And also, they know you host a show every night, so they don’t want to be caught on camera yawning or doing something that you might see and punish them for later on.”
“Do you punish people who don’t enjoy your comedy?” Colbert asked him.
“I like to rule with fear,” Kimmel responded.
“You could be president of the United States,” Colbert said.
“Here’s the thing: You live out in Los Angeles where all the famous people are,” he said. “There are some famous people in New York, but really this is the mother ship. This is where they grow the famous people on farms. You’re like really friends with famous people, I only know a couple.”
“This is why the North Koreans have the missiles pointed at us instead of at you guys there in New York,” Kimmel responded, “because they want to hit, like, Tom Selleck—that’s who they’re going for.
“If we take out Blue Bloods, America crumbles,” Colbert joked back.
This isn’t the first time Kimmel has given Colbert hosting advice. Kimmel and other late-night hosts shard some words of wisdom when Colbert took over the Late Show from his predecessor David Letterman.
“Stephen, if I were you—and I am you—I would be very rude to the guests,” Kimmel said in a video interview for Vanity Fair. “Wear a lot of cologne.”
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