Stephen Colbert kicked off Tuesday night’s episode of The late show with a dose of optimism.
“Normal life is somewhere out there waiting for us,” the late-night host said during his opening monologue.
The source of the excitement of Colbert’s coronavirus era? More promising news on Covid-19 vaccines. During his segment, Colbert explained that Merck to team up with competitor Johnson & Johnson increase the national supply of single vaccines, which means all adults in the United States can receive their vaccines by the end of May, according to President Joe Biden’s plan.
“I could kiss this man… by the end of May,” Colbert joked.
In addition to vaccine news, Colbert recapped some of the current headlines that are turning heads this week – including those surrounding Dr. Seuss’ books. After the Virginia School System removed the author-illustrator’s works from its “Read Across America” program because they contain “strong racial undertones,” Dr. Seuss Enterprises announced that six titles – And to think I saw it on Mulberry Street, if I was running the zoo, McElligot’s pool, on Beyond Zebra !, Super Scrambled Eggs!, and Cat quiz – will no longer be published.
While some readers see the Virginia School System and the actions of Dr. Seuss Enterprises as the famous author’s “cancellation”, Colbert praised the decision to phase out problematic work.
“It is a responsible gesture on their part,” he said. “They recognize the impact of these images 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 authored books readers should check out – by Matthew A. Cherry Hair love at Misty Copeland’s Bird of Fire.
See Colbert’s full opening monologue above.