Stephen Colbert started the Tuesday night episode of The late show with a dose of optimism.
“Normal life is somewhere waiting for us,” the late-night host said during his opening monologue.
The source of Colbert’s emotion? More promising news on Covid-19 vaccines. During his segment, Colbert explained that Merck will team up with competitor Johnson & Johnson to increase the national supply of single-shot vaccines, which means that all adults in the U.S. can receive their vaccinations by the end of May, according to President Joe Biden’s plan.
“I could kiss that man … at the end of May,” Colbert joked.
In addition to the vaccine news, Colbert summarized some of the current headlines that garnered attention this week, including those surrounding Dr. Seuss’s books. After the Virginia School System removed the works of the notable author and illustrator from its “Read Across America” program as they contain “strong racial undertones,” Dr. Seuss Enterprises announced that six titles: And to think I saw him on Mulberry Street, if he ran the zoo, McElligot’s pool, at Beyond Zebra !, scrambled eggs, super!, Y The Cat Quizzer – will no longer be published.
While some readers view the actions of the Virginia School System and Dr. Seuss Enterprises as “canceling” the famous author, Colbert praised the decision to phase out the problematic works.
“It is a responsible move on their part,” he said. “They recognize the impact these images have on readers, especially children, and they are trying to fix it because Dr. Seuss’ books should be fun for everyone.”
Colbert ended his opening monologue by reading a list of Black Author Books Readers Should Consult, by Matthew A. Cherry. Love Hair to Misty Copeland’s Fire bird.
See above for Colbert’s full opening monologue.