Stephen Colbert, in interview, discusses faith, joy and humor

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September 9, 2015

Stephen Colbert, who took over Sept. 8 as host of CBS' "Late Night" program, said in an interview for Canada's Salt and Light Television that his "Colbert Report" character was intended to be a "well-­intentioned, poorly informed, high­status idiot." Colbert is pictured in a 2013 photo. (CNS photo/Lucy Nicholson, Reuters) See COLBERT Sept. 9, 2015.

Stephen Colbert, who took over Sept. 8 as host of CBS’ “Late Night” program, said in an interview for Canada’s Salt and Light Television that his “Colbert Report” character was intended to be a “well-­intentioned, poorly informed, high­status idiot.” Colbert is pictured in a 2013 photo. (CNS photo/Lucy Nicholson, Reuters)

WASHINGTON (CNS) -– Stephen Colbert, who took over Sept. 8 as host of CBS’ “Late Night” program, said in an interview for Canada’s Salt + Light Television that his “Colbert Report” character was intended to be a “well­-intentioned, poorly informed, high-­status idiot.”

“I would say he’s a fool. And though Christ says, “Call no man fool,’ I am one,” Colbert said. “Willing to be wrong in society or wrong according to our time, but right according to conscience which is guided by the Holy Spirit.”

That character, which tickled American funny bones for nine years on Comedy Central, has been discarded for Colbert’s new persona as late-night talk show host.

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