Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor sat down for an interview with late-night host Stephen Colbert, joking that all of the justices on the bench are divas.

Colbert interviewed the 64-year-old Obama appointee to discuss the publication of her two new children’s books and asked her to spill the “hot gossip.”

“Who’s a diva over there?” he asked.


“We all are,” she responded with a smile.

Colbert played a game with the justice, asking her to make a series of “small calls” on hotly debated issues.

“Do all dogs go to heaven?” Colbert asked, to which Sotomayor answered “yes.”

The late-night host also resurrected the question he asked Sotomayor’s colleague, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, in a previous interview.

“Is a hot dog a sandwich?” he asked.

“My definition of sandwich is something between two parts of a bread or two slices of a bread,” Sotomayor said. “And under that definition, a hot dog can be. So whether the breads are tied together or not is irrelevant.”

“And by the way, I love hot dogs,” she added as the pair then began eating.

The justice recently released two autobiographical books: one is a picture book, the other is a version of her 2013 memoir, abridged for middle school-level readers.

Sotomayor wrote that she used books to “escape sadness” as a child. Colbert asked her how she does that as an adult.

“I love playing poker,” she said.

Colbert asked if she ever plays small-stakes games with her friends, saying that was illegal.

“No because I provide the food,” the judge said. “The players around my table are just paying for their own food.”

“That’s legalese if I ever heard it,” Colbert laughed. “Come on, that’s never going to hold up in court.”