NEW YORK, NY (July 27, 2007) — Stephen Colbert’s disdain for all things left is growing.
The host of “The Colbert Report” revealed on Thursday night’s show that he broke his left wrist while running around the New York studio before taping a recent episode. Colbert removed a large “No. 1” foam hand to unmask a small cast.
“I didn’t want to draw attention to it. I didn’t want to play on your sympathy,” Colbert said before dramatically grimacing.
The fall happened June 27, before the show went on a two-week hiatus, a spokesman for Comedy Central said Friday. Colbert, 43, was only recently fitted with a cast.
“To be honest, I’m not entirely sure how it happened,” the mock right-wing talk-show host told his audience. “My director Jimmy is suggesting I might have broken my wrist … before the show.”
Slow-motion footage was then shown of Colbert running around the set to “pump up” the crowd. Beyonce Knowles’ “Ring the Alarm” was played over the footage, alluding to the singer’s fall while performing the song during a concert Tuesday in Orlando, Fla.
As Colbert rounded his “C”-shaped desk and headed to high-five his audience, he slipped and fell backward.
“Yeah, that might have been it,” he deadpanned.
Colbert and his cast stopped by the White House on Friday to spread the drama a little further. He and his crew staged a mock briefing in the White House briefing room, where Colbert sat in the front row, raised his wounded limb and was called on by presidential press secretary Tony Snow.
Snow also signed the cast and engaged in a few minutes of banter with Colbert as the cameras rolled. The cast was to be auctioned off later to raise money for military families.