Bandleader: Colbert would ditch his good ratings if it meant Trump left office

Late-night host Stephen Colbert would trade in good ratings and give up his show if it meant President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump administration eyes proposal to block jet engine sales to China: report Trump takes track to open Daytona 500 Brazile 'extremely dismayed' by Bloomberg record MORE would resign, his bandleader says in a new interview.

John Batiste told the New York Daily News that Colbert, who hosts "The Late Show," would give up his high ratings tomorrow if it meant getting a "better president."

“Speaking on his behalf, he would trade better ratings for a better President,” Batiste says. “Absolutely. It hurts him.”

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At the same time, Batiste didn't rule out Trump making an appearance on the show, saying that Colbert has frequently offered the president an interview but has been met with no response.

“Anything is possible," Batiste says. "I’ll say this, it could happen, but I think there needs to be some time. I think there needs to be a little bit of time."

“The President’s spoken out about the show in the press, so I know at least at the time he watched, and it affected him," he adds.

Colbert is a vocal critic of Trump and has re-tooled the show's opening monologue to include frequent jabs at the president. Last week, he called Trump "a plump, overcooked turkey" in the show's Thanksgiving monologue.

Still, Batiste used fired White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci as evidence that the host is open to having former and current Trump administration officials on the show.

“I would say that the President is not necessarily holding out, but I think that that’s a question for him, not Stephen," Batiste says.

"I think it’s clear based on our record that Stephen would welcome the President or anybody who may have an opposing viewpoint or a difference of opinion. The Mooch (fired White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci) was an example. We have had guests on from across the spectrum and Donald Trump would be no exception.”