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How Do Politicians Pick Late Night Hosts?

Stephen Colbert, right, talks with Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush during the premiere episode of "The Late Show," Tuesday Sept. 8, 2015, in New York. Bush and actor George Clooney were the guests for Colbert's debut. (Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS via AP)
Stephen Colbert, right, talks with Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush during the premiere episode of "The Late Show," Tuesday Sept. 8, 2015, in New York. Bush and actor George Clooney were the guests for Colbert's debut. (Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS via AP)

Stephen Colbert started off his run on CBS’s “Late Show” last night with a bill of big names. The biggest name of them all was, of course, Stephen Colbert himself. But, perhaps in a nod to his conservative alter-ego on Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report,” the new “Late Show” featured GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush on last night’s inaugural program.

NPR TV critic Eric Deggans tells Here & Now host Meghna Chakrabarti that while Bush didn’t make any serious gaffes, he also looked uncomfortable and a bit awkward. That’s something he’ll need to correct, as Deggans explains, because the point of the talk show couch is to come across as personable, witty and casual. But politicians are also expected to perform different roles and different acts, depending on the show on which they are appearing.

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