Stephen Colbert reminded viewers Thursday night that he will be live on Election Night, pre-empting CBS News' coverage of the midterms. "But there's big election news already, because today Oprah hit the campaign trail for Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams," he said. "This is not easy, there's a sacrifice here. To take this partisan, political stand, Oprah is leaving 60 Minutes. Yeah, you know that that means? She's out of a job. How's she gonna pay her bills? We've got to set up a GoFundMe — so she can fund us."
Winfrey made a special point of insisting that she's not stumping for Abrams because she has any political aspirations of her own — "She's running," Colbert deadpanned — but because she wants everyone to vote. And she wasn't above pouring on the guilt, he noted. "Wow, I've heard of families guilt-tripping you, but only Oprah can make a family guilt-trip you from beyond the grave."
"But Abrams' opponent, Brian Kemp, is fighting back against Winfrey with who many have called the white male not-Oprah, Mike Pence," Colbert said. Will Ferrell was also in Georgia stumping for Abrams, but "the vice president had a message for those out-of-touch showbiz elites." Namely, Pence insisted he's also "kind of a big deal", and Colbert paraphrased his anti-Hollywood platitude: "This ain't Hollywood, Oprah! We don't cotton to big-city billionaires who are also TV stars! Take it from me, vice president to Donald Trump!"
Trump, for his part, told ABC News' Jonathan Karl on Thursday that he's "an open book," and The Late Show turned that into an alternate version of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Watch below. Peter Weber