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LATE SHOW Host Stephen Colbert Announces Plans for 2020 Presidential Run

While appearing on the Russian late night TV show, "Evening Urgant" Friday evening, LATE SHOW host Stephen Colbert announced that he may possibly throw his hat in the ring as a candidate for the 2020 presidential election. "I am here to announce that I am considering a run for president in 2020," Colbert told the studio audience, adding "And I thought it would be better to cut out the middleman and just tell the Russians myself." He quipped, "If anyone would like to work on my campaign in an unofficial capacity, please just let me know."

News that Colbert was visiting Russia came late last week in a tweet from the comedian. On Thursday, President Trump finally revealed on Twitter that he personally had not recorded his conversation with former FBI Director James Comey, but added he didn't know if "tapes" existed. In response, Colbert tweeted:

Colbert's tweet went viral!

About THE LATE SHOW: Stephen Colbert brings his signature satire and comedy to THE LATE SHOW with STEPHEN COLBERT, where he talks with an eclectic mix of guests about what is new and relevant in the worlds of politics, entertainment, business, music, technology and more.

Featuring bandleader Jon Batiste and his band Stay Human, the show is broadcast from the historic and newly renovated Ed Sullivan Theater. Stephen Colbert took over as host, executive producer and writer of THE LATE SHOW on September 8, 2015.

A multi-talented and respected host, writer, producer, satirist and comedian, Colbert is well-known for his previous late night show, "The Colbert Report," which concluded on Friday, Dec. 18, 2014. The program received wide-spread critical acclaim and earned two Peabody Awards and 29 Emmy Award nominations, including two Emmy wins for Outstanding Variety Series (2013, 2014) and four Emmy wins for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program (2008, 2010, 2013, 2014). Prior to that, Colbert spent eight years as a correspondent on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" as an on-air personality and writer of news satire for the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning series.

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