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Stephen Colbert works out with Ruth Bader Ginsburg, comes away cramped and reassured

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, "the Notorious RBG," is "a feminist icon" and at 85, "the oldest justice on the Supreme Court," Stephen Colbert said on Wednesday's Late Show. "But she has made it very clear that she has no interest in retiring. Which is good — please, just hang in there for 3-7 more years." She is ensuring her longevity by keeping in shape with a really hard workout, "which is surprising," Colbert said. "If I had a lifetime appointment to a job that let me wear a robe, I would definitely let myself go." He's not on the court, luckily, but Colbert said he still "jumped at the chance when Justice Ginsburg invited me down to Washington, D.C., to join her workout."

In the gym, Colbert got Ginsburg to weigh in on whether a hot dog is a sandwich, describe how she is similar (and not) to the Notorious B.I.G., shoot down his musical selection, and deny "juicing," and he preened a bit, but he came away cramped, winded, and reassured. "I had reached my decision in the case of RBG v. Kicking Ass," he said. "Not only can the justice last another five years on the bench, I believe she could have killed Tupac." Watch below. Peter Weber