Elsewhere in the Late Show's Monday night broadcast, Colbert sang a psychedelic Clinton-themed song inspired by a cheesesteak gone bad.
Finally, while using a selfie stick to shoot a promotion for CBS, he outmaneuvered the security and made a backwards dash for the stage, doing a barrel roll once up the stairs and ultimately standing in the circle of stars. Or perhaps we've heard so much about her, much of it negative, we don't know who she is any more. He didn't need to say the name of that corporation: Comedy Central parent company Viacom. "What can I do?" he asked. So Stephen Colbert welcomed "Cartoon Hillary" to the show.
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She went on to describe Hillary Clinton as "a smart, committed, successful woman - and not for own benefit, but a fighter for women and children, cops and first responders, healthcare and girls around the world".
That legal fight was suspected of being a publicity stunt-and perhaps this is, too, given The Late Show's lagging ratings.
However, last night it initially appeared that Colbert wouldn't get the chance to launch the gathering from the stage.