“Well, you did it,” he said last night on his live Late Show, according to The Daily Beast. “You survived the last four years and your reward? A shiny, new, old president.” After admitting that he “cried a lot” over the course of the day, Colbert said: “It was extremely emotional and not entirely in the way that I expected. Because I have to tell you, I have zero gloat in me. There is no end zone dance in me. What I feel is enormous relief.” Colbert added: "Today felt like a return to normalcy, even though so much of the day was abnormal....And the weirdest feeling is when something is clearly abnormal and someone tries to tell you it’s not. What we saw today was the opposite of gaslighting. Today, we were reality-boarded, and I am here for it.”
John Oliver tries to find the humor in the U.S. Capitol riot: In an interview with Kimmel, the Last Week Tonight host made his first public comments on the U.S. Capitol siege. “Jan. 6 was an absolutely terrible day… it’s a permanent stain on American history,” said Oliver. “It is important to remember that it started with Rudy Giuliani walking onto a stage to ‘Macho Man,’ so all I’m saying is it wasn’t a hundred percent unfunny. Shades of gray. Mostly bad… <i>that was funny.” As for the inauguration, Oliver said: “It’s gonna be important that we allow ourselves just to have a day—to have one day of feeling the relief before worrying about, yeah, there are monumental issues that we’re facing, there are systemic problems that have gone unaddressed for too long, there are real questions about whether the scale of Biden’s solutions will match the scale of the problems he’s inheriting, but I do think that has to wait till at least tomorrow. Give us a day."