The host of “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” was kissed by three of his guests last week after he introduced them for their interviews. Two of the instances happened with his first guests on Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s episodes. Thursday his lips had a reprieve (why didn’t you take opportunity, Anna Kendrick?), but on Friday, March 11, his first guest made sure to get a quick kiss in before the interview.
It all started when Stephen introduced Dame Helen Mirren grabbed the back of his head and planted a seductive kiss on his lips. It took Colbert aback. He stood still for a second and held his heart. Then when they were seated, he wiped his brow. Mirren admitted, “If I didn’t get to do it then, I’d never get to do it. I have been dreaming of doing that for about 15 years.” A wowed Stephen confessed, “I suddenly can’t remember any questions. That is one of the nicest greetings a guest has ever given me.” They ended the two segment interview with a longer kiss.
On Wednesday, March 9, Sally Field walked out and threw her arms around Colbert and went for an even longer, more passionate make out experience. Stephen crawled underneath his desk for a few seconds and finally took his seat, still flustered. Sally explained, “I figured if Helen did it, why can’t I?” Colbert divulged that his job is getting better and better and acknowledged that he had a huge crush on Field when he was a child and she just revived it.
Thursday night’s monologue was all about how this new trend has been affecting his home life. After showing clips of his sessions with Mirren and Field, he disclosed,
“It’s been an eventful week for my face. Those were great made-for-TV moments and I when I got home, made for awkward silence moments. Actually, my wife is cool with it. We talked it out and we agreed that she is now free to make out with a gentleman actor of a certain age. I suggest Ian McKellen, she suggested Paul Rudd. He’s 70. She tells me he’s 70. Anyway, I wanna state for the record that both of those kisses that I got were great, but they didn’t mean anything which is why I’m not hurt that neither of those women called me the next day.”
On Friday’s show, Jeff Daniels was Stephen’s first guest. He went in for a brief, manly smooch on the lips. Stephen uttered, “I can’t say I blame you.” Daniels laughed, “Just saying hello.”
Should the second week of March in the future become Kiss Stephen Colbert Week? I know he seemed to be having fun. I can’t imagine what his wife thinks. It was amusing for the audience both at home and in the studio. As long as he doesn’t become the Richard Dawson of late night, it could be a nice thing for him and his guests for one week a year.