Stephen Colbert Says Government Agents Followed Him ‘Everywhere’ During Russia Visit

George Back
Producer, Yahoo Entertainment

Stephen Colbert returned from his recent trip to Russia just in time to host The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. During the show, he revealed that he was under surveillance by Russian and American intelligence agents the entire time he was visiting.


Russian intelligence was very aware of Colbert’s visit, and the host joked, “[They’re] hardcore fans, evidently — followed me everywhere.”

The host also said that U.S. agents followed him because, “It’s important to keep your eye on a comedian while he is in Russia, you know, doing jokes — you know, I could be over there giving state secrets to the Russians.” Colbert then made a quip at President Trump’s expense saying, “Oh wait, somebody’s already got that covered. My apologies.”

Colbert went on to say Russian “goons” and “John Wick extras” followed him through his hotel. He said he was particularly uncomfortable about the “goon” who waited outside his hotel room. All the surveillance put Colbert on edge, he said, adding: “I really want to thank our pharmaceutical industry for helping me sleep at night.”

The Late Show With Stephen Colbert airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. on CBS. 

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