Carrie Fisher tells Stephen Colbert about her Harrison Ford affair, why Leia didn't get a light saber

Carrie Fisher and Stephen Colbert discuss love, dogs, light sabers
(Image credit: Late Show)

Carrie Fisher and her dog Gary were on Monday's Late Show, and Stephen Colbert quickly swatted at the elephant in the room: the revelation in her new book, The Princess Diarist, that Fisher had a brief love affair with costar Harrison Ford during the shooting of the original Star Wars movie. Fisher said she is telling that story now because she found her 40-year-old diaries, "I decided to publish them, and it was a mistake." "It was a mistake, really?" Colbert asked. "No, but it is too big of a story, kind of, that I can't handle," she replied. "Can you not handle it or can Harrison Ford not handle it?" Colbert asked. "I'm sure he can't handle it," she said, burying her head in her hand.

Fisher also talked about having to lose weight for Star Wars, making a pretty good joke that Colbert stepped on, and her story includes hanging out with Lady Bird Johnson and Ann Landers at a "fat farm." Colbert had a particular question for Fisher about her most famous character, Princess Leia: "She's got the force, how come she doesn't get a light saber?" "You know, it's that whole women — it's a bad thing for women, even in space," she said. "You know, there's a double standard with the force, even with the force." Watch below. Peter Weber

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