CBS head: Colbert is ‘more moderate’ than people think


Stephen Colbert and David Letterman take a selfie during a recent show. (CBS)

Stephen Colbert is "more moderate" than most people think he is, according to his new boss, CBS chief Les Moonves.

Moonves on Wednesday said that his new "Late Show" host, despite his Comedy Central act mocking conservative news hosts, isn't the liberal that some might think.

"You know what? Ironically, Stephen Colbert is much more moderate than people think he is," Moonves said at the Milken Institute Global Conference, according to the Hollywood Reporter. "He's a great social commentator, and that's sort of what we want. That's sort of what David Letterman has been."

Moonves added: "If you're referring to remarks by Rush Limbaugh that we've attacked the heartland of America, I would respectfully disagree with that assessment of who Stephen Colbert is. As one reporter put it, 'So, suddenly Rush is going soft on Letterman?'"

Limbaugh has indeed attacked the selection of Colbert, though few conservatives have joined him in speaking out against the pick, and some have even praised it.

Colbert has in the past described his politics as being liberal, saying in an NPR interview in 2005 that he discovered his leftward lean while working on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart."

That was before Colbert got his own show, though, and he has since been more reserved in expressing any political views during the rare instance that he breaks character.

(h/t Dylan Byers)

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.

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