Stephen Colbert as Rachel Maddow: ‘I Hold In My Hand, Something Very Significant’

By Chris Ariens 

Stephen Colbert did his best Rachel Maddow taking on Maddow’s long, drawn out set-up to releasing Donald Trump‘s 2005 tax returns on her show Tuesday night.

But instead of a tax return, Colbert-as-Maddow wound up to revealing a classic joke, before cutting to commercial break.

The Late Show released the video around 9:30 p.m. last night on Twitter, then used the clip as the cold open to the show.


Meanwhile, Page Six tries to make some hay with the Maddow scoop, claiming it was MSNBC president Phil Griffin‘s way “to undermine [NBC News president] Noah Oppenheim. There was never a conversation. They overplayed their hand in a huge way,” says the Posts’s source.

An NBC rep shot that down, saying Griffin and Oppenheim have “been friends for 20 years — ever since Phil hired Noah straight out of college to work on “Hardball.”