By now everyone has at least heard of 5 year old Noah Ritter, of Pottstown, Pennsylvania who “apparently” had never been on live TV until he was interviewed at the Wayne County Fair. The video has gone viral after news of the boy’s gregarious and adorable take-over of the interview spread.
On the Colbert Report Wednesday, Stephen Colbert told his audience that the boy demonstrates one of the reasons he has decided to end his show, saying that he is obviously a “natural-born newsman” complete with his own catchphrase, “apparently.”
Colbert said of the boy:
“At 5 years-old, he’s already got the sincerity of Edward R. Murrow, the reassuring gaze of Walter Cronkite and more gravitas than Steve Doocy. And he’s already established the word ‘apparently’ as his catchphrase. That is the sort of senseless repetition that marks a real news legend like Sean Hannity.
Apparently that 5-year-old child could replace Sean Hannity.”
“Apparently” Sean Hannity has no sense of humor. In an interview with TVNewser, he was asked about the comments and Colbert’s jabs at his overuse and improper use of the word “literally.” He dismissed Colbert’s show as the “lowest-rated late night show.” He then said that some things should not be made fun of and that terrorism is one of those things — as if the comments had been somehow related to terrorism.
He then issued a challenge to Colbert:
“Maybe Stephen Colbert needs to come over here and get a dose of reality. He sits in the comfort of his studio, reading jokes written for him by 30 writers. So, I have a challenge for Stephen Colbert: I’ll pay for your flight. I’ll pay for your hotel, your meals. Then you sit on the border. You talk to the people. You sit across from the mother of an Israeli solider who was killed, and then make a joke about it.“
Watch Colbert’s comments in the video below from Comedy Central.