Late Night: Stephen Colbert pays tribute to Steve Jobs

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On Thursday night’s episode of ‘The Colbert Report,’ Apple enthusiast Stephen Colbert bid a funny yet heartfelt farewell to the company’s late co-founder, Steve Jobs.

‘He was a visionary who changed the way we use computers, listen to music, communicate and stay awake in meetings,’ Colbert said. ‘But the thing I will miss is that no one else could make me beg like him.’

Colbert rolled a montage of him pleading for the Apple gadgets over the years -- the iPhone, the iPad, the iPad 2.0.

‘It’s a testament to Steve Jobs’ generosity, and my celebrity, that everything I asked for, I got,’ he said. Boasting that he was one of the first non-Apple employees to receive an iPad, Colbert played a clip from last year’s Grammy Awards in which he showed off his shiny new gadget just days after its unveiling.


‘On a personal note, I was one of the few people who could call Steve Jobs a close friend, in that he communicated with me once,’ Colbert joked. He read aloud a single-sentence email that Jobs sent to Colbert the day after his Grammys appearance:

‘Subject: Last Night


Thanks! Steve.’

Using his iPad 2, Colbert typed up a response: ‘Right back at ‘cha. Thanks for everything.’

Sweet, understated and innovative, it felt like just the right way to pay tribute to Jobs.


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