Comedian Stephen ColbertStephen Tyrone ColbertColbert asks Rahm Emanuel: 'Are you here tonight to kneecap Bernie Sanders?' The Hill's Campaign Report: Democrats set for critical debate in New Hampshire Sanders casts Buttigieg as billionaire favorite in fight for New Hampshire MORE says he had to give up his old faux conservative character on the “Colbert Report” because GOP presidential front-runner Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpWinners and losers from the South Carolina debate Five takeaways from the Democratic debate Democrats duke it out in most negative debate so far MORE is playing it better than he ever could.


“He’s completely playing on an emotional level — and so beautifully,” Colbert said in an interview on CBS’s “Face the Nation” broadcast Sunday.

“I mean, it’s one of the reasons why I just can’t do that old character anymore, because he’s doing it better than I ever could, because he’s willing to drink his own Kool-Aid and manufacture and distribute it, because he’s got all the cash,” he added.

“I’m not the first person to say this, but I completely agree that he’s my old character with $10 billion.”

The “Late Show” host said he was attacked by liberals for hosting Trump on his show earlier this year.

"Like, people were very upset. Like, liberals got so mad at me,” he said. “Somebody called me, like, a craven sell-out for not attacking Donald Trump, like, what? What do you want? There's no pleasing some people.”

Colbert also said his interview with Vice President Biden earlier this year about his deceased son, Beau Biden, was “one of the most sublime moments” of his career.

“It was one of — I don't want to say the word happy because it's not a happy subject, but in some ways one of the most sublime moments I've ever had on stage, was to be there and have the ability, or to have the responsibility and the privilege, to receive that from him,” he said.