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much for joining us. the late show with stephen colbert is next. ♪ captioning sponsored by cbs ( cheers and applause ) >> every major-- that's a nasty fly. i don't like those suckers! i don't know about you and new mexico, but i'm... ( buzzing ) >> hey, sorry, i'm late. what are we doing today? >> another rally, same as usual. have a good shift. >> tell you what, we love our hispanics. get out and vote. because we have a better chance of defeating him if there's a recession!
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>> and we're trying to do the same thing with cars. cars have so much junk on them now to save a tiny little fraction of gasoline. it can be a little bit heavier. ( siren ) >> when somebody hits me, i want to be in as close to an army tank as possible. ( alarm ) the best is yet to come. thank you very much, president trump. thank you. ( cheers and applause ) >> it's "the late show with stephen colbert." tonight, hispan-dering. plus, stephen welcomes senator elizabeth warren and "the brady bunch." featuring jon batiste and stay human. and now, live on tape from the ed sullivan theater in new york city, it's stephen colbert!
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( cheers and applause ) >> stephen: wooo! hello! welcome! ( cheers ) >> stephen: thank you! folks, welcome, one and all, to "the late show." i'm your host, stephen colbert. big weekend-- ( applause ) big doings. first of all, i want to say to everybody here who works at the show and everybody watching happy 800th "late show" with stephen colbert." tonight is the 800th show. >> jon: oh, my goodness! >> stephen: how many did we say we were going to do? okay, we're great. and a big weekend coming up for us. we're all, the whole gang, is goingute to los angeles for the emmys, and we're going stroa good time.
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might run into donald trump out there. i'll tell you what, he's out there panning for gold, okay. he had-- that was a big nugget of gold in there. >> jon: looking for a lot. >> stephen: he is fundraisers today in silicon valley and los angeles. but because he's so unpopular in california, the events were shrouded in secrecy. in fact, attendees at tuesday's event were not even provided with the address of the lunch. though, it is easy to find trump's lunch-- just follow the trail of ketchup packets and filet-o-fish wrappers. still, still-- ( applause ) thank you. flio fish! still, the events sold out in a hurry. according to one california republican, "they're excited because we've had surrogates like don jr. come out. but this is the real thing." ( laughter ) yeah! the real thing! hollywood wants to see the special effects that make trump seem so lifelike. "okay, so the legs are
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hydraulic, but the head appears to be a burlap bag filled with styrofoam beads. nice, nice! from a distance!" now trump, of course, is a tv guy. so it's no coincidence that his l.a. fundraiser is taking place during emmy week. he is up for outstanding achievement in visual effects for sharpie on a weather map. ( cheers and applause ) now, i can understand going to los angeles. he's not popular there, but hollywood is a thin layer of dirt scattered over a pool of money. everyone wants to get their drill bit through that crust into that sweet bubblin' cash crude. they're largely liberal, but there's enough money that everyone, no matter how horrible, gets funded. trump is, let's say, "the emoji movie" of candidates. but something weird is going on here. his internal polling must be terrible, because he is reaching
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out to people who want nothing to do with him. and this time, it's not melania. because last night, last night-- ( cheers and applause ) thank you. >> jon: cold-blooded! >> stephen: last night, the president held a rally in a state he lost last time by eight points, new mexico. (as trump) "i like my mexicos like i like my wives: new." ( laughter ) ( applause ) so-- "i like that new"-- so after four years of donald trump throwing latinos under the bus that he stopped at the border, by saying that illegal and legal immigrants are all coming to kill us, trump's plan to win is to woo hispanic voters. woo, boy. buena suerte with that, el trumpo. ( laughter ) ( applause ) right now, trump's approval rating among hispanics is 25%.
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so, this is like cruella de vil trying to woo sarah mclauchlin. (as trump) ♪ in the arms of the angels far-a ♪ trump must really need los hombres hispanico because he laid it on muoy thick: >> yesterday marked the beginning of the hispanic heritage month. who is hispanic here? ( cheers and applause ) >> stephen: always a good sign, asking minorities to identify themselves. ( laughter ) (as trump) "okay, who here is latino? raise your hands. whoah. i can't believe you fell for that. round 'em up, boys! ( cheers and applause ) adios." >> jon: they're coming around the mountain with that. ♪ far away then trump singled out an hispanic buddy in the crowd,
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cable news commentator and date letting you know he is wearing a tie, just not where you think, steve cortes. trump told the crowd what made cortes so special. >> but i'll tell you what, there is nobody that loves this country more or hispanic more than james corden. steve. thank you, steve. nobody loves the hispanics more. who do you like more, the country or the hispanics? >> stephen: what? "who do you like more, steve, the country or the hispanics because i can't decide which to destroy first. trump has gotten a lot of criticism for his racist immigration policies but he doesn't understand why. >> i'm the least racest person in this room. >> stephen: maybe, your rallies do set a low bar.
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trump has weakened the clean water act, but he told the crowd he is definitely, definitely, an environmentist. >> i am an environmentalist. we are going to keep our nation clean, but you know, the universe is so big that when you talk about china, the u.s.a., india, you talk about these different places where a lot of bad stuff comes out, right? it's so big that it's right next to each other. it's right next to each other. does that make sense? >> stephen: no. ( laughter ) no. not at all, actually. (as trump) "it's so big, that they're right next to each other. and, in a way, it's so small, they're far apart. the same way-- the same way hispanics hate me so much that love me. does that make sense? but trump wasn't the only one rallying last night. so was massachusetts senator and drama teacher in hour four of "guys and dolls" auditions, elizabeth warren. senator warren--
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( cheers and applause ) >> jon: uh-oh! uh-oh. >> stephen: keep talking? keep talking? i should stop? senator warren is our guest tonight. but-- ( cheers and applause ) but last night, she held a rally in new york's washington square park, which drew a crowd of 20,000 people! yeah, 20,000! 20,000! >> jon: 20 thou! >> stephen: only 3,000 of which were there to score weed. smoke, smoke, smoke. it was a stirring speech in which warren pledged to take on government corruption. >> corruption has taken over our government, and we are running out of time. corruption has put our planet at risk. corruption has broken our economy. and corruption is breaking our democracy.
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donald t is corruption in the flesh. >> stephen: it is-- ( cheers and applause ) bold words. bold. bold words. and it is very generous to call that "flesh." warren also took a subtle jab at the current democratnner, joe b. >> there's a lot at stake in this election, and i know people are scared. but we can't choose a candidate we don't believe in just because we're too scared to do anything else. ( cheers and applause ) and democrats can't win if we're scared and looking backward. i... am not... afraid. ( cheers ) and you can't be afraid, either! >> stephen: she's right. remember the wise words of master yoda.
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>> fear is the path of the dark side. fear leads to anger. anger leads to hate. and hate leads to-- >> president trump. ( applause ) >> jon: i like -- >> stephen: so good. the immortal frank-- incredible, incredible. >> jon: perfect. hits me every time. >> stephen: back in washington this afternoon, the house judiciary committee heard testimony from former trump campaign manager corey lewandowski, seen here learning that crimes are illegal and republican ranking member doug collins had the courage to ask the question nobody else would. >> the only thing we agree on in the mueller report is foreign influence from russia. but, yes, where's the bill? where's the bill? where's waldo? >> stephen: oh, i know this one! i know this one! he used to be in the top right corner of the page behind the beach, behind the fire juggler,
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but trump deported him. (as trump) "had to do it. because waldo is short for 'edwaldo'." now, this was a very contentious hearing, especially when lewandowski was questioned by sheila jackson lee. >> congressman, i'd be happy to answer your question, or you can have a conversation by yourself, but if you'd like to ask me a question, i will be happy to answer it. >> this is a house judiciary, not a house party. >> stephen: it's not? ( applause ) wow. then why is brett there with two kegs? ( laughter ) we've got a great show for you tonight. elizabeth warren is here. stick around.
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( cheers and applause ) >> stephen: hey, everybody, welcome back. give it up for jon batiste and stay human right there! give it up for the band! ( cheers and applause ) >> stephen: oh, my goodness. oh, my goodness. >> jon: i like that. i like that. >> stephen: jon, jon, jon, a little later tonight, we're going to have the original cast of "the brady bunch" is going to be here. >> jon: oh, yeah. >> stephen: right over there. ( applause ) >> stephen: and tomorrow, the great billy crystal will be joining us. always fun. >> jon: legendary, legendary. >> stephen: it's like a vacation for me. you just push "play," and he just goes. >> stephen: how many questions do you get in? >> stephen: one and a half. tonight, my first guest is the senior senator of the great state of massachusetts and is currently running for president. please welcome senator elizabeth warren! ♪ ♪
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( applause ) ( cheers and applause ) >> yes! >> stephen: thank you. thank you, ma'am. >> why don't-- why don't we just-- ( cheers and applause ) >> why don't we just quit now and do a selfie line? we can have some fun. >> stephen: we don't have four hours, ma'am. >> it's so good to see you. >> stephen: good to see you, too. and i was saying backstage, that rally last night, 20,000 people, your biggest rally so far. >> yup. ( applause ) >> stephen: and i understand-- i understand that you did do a very long selfie linards. >> we did. >> stephen: how many selfies is too many? do you have any idea how many did you? >> i have no idea how many we did. 20,000 people, it seemed like about 26,000 stayed for selfies. >> stephen: by the way, i'm so
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sorry that we only have 450 people here tonight. thank you for slumming here at the ed sullivan. >> you know, the selfies are the most fun about this. and it truly is the case because it means you get the person-to-person about this. and it means for every single person who stays in that line-- and, look, somebody waited four hours, you know, the guy at the end. but it's-- it's about power and it's about saying, "i get it. we've got a washington that's working great for the rich and the powerful. not working for much of anyone else. you came in here. you talked about how it's broken. you talked about how to fix it." and people who say, "i can do a piece of that. i'm in th fight all the way. and i got a selfie to prove it!" so that's where we are. >> stephen: that's validating the parking ticket is what it is. >> and it's fun. >> stephen: in the speech last night-- and i saw a fair chunk of it last night. you said, "we can't choose a
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candidate we don't believe in just because we're too scared to do anything else." um, now some people saw that-- by "some people" eye mean everyone saw that as a veiled shot at joe biden. is that accurate? >> no. it's-- no, the way i see this is these really are scary times. it's scary times because donald trump is truly a terrible president. not just bad, terrible. ( cheers and applause ) >> stephen: well, then let me make the case-- let me just go ahead-- okay, people are-- people are seeing you refer to biden in that because when things do get scary-- and it is a scary time-- people run to the familiar. they run to the safe. they run to the comfortable. and people are saying that biden is that feeling for people. like, you remember how you used to feel? i am that feeling, is kind of his message. how do you-- how do you make
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yourself familiar and comfortable to these people? because you're-- compared to him, you're a fairly new fig outer national stage. >> so i guess i just don't see it the same way, stephen. i see this as either, you know, we can hide under the covers. or we can say, "no. we get it. the government isn't working for us. donald trump is in charge, but things have been broken for a very long time. and instead of hiding, we can actually come together, all of us, fight back and make this the country we want it be. for me, this is about looking forward. ( cheers and applause ) >> stephen: well, in a way-- okay, i'll-- i accept what you say. last night you did reach back to 1911, though, in your speech. i watched eight-minute chunk that you guys put up online last night on your twitter feed,
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talking about the triangle shirtwaist factory fire. >> right. >> stephen: and basically-- i'm paraphrasing you, feel free to correct me. you were saying,un," we learned a lesson over 100 years ago, and women helped teach that lesson and make sure that lesson became action that we cannot trust corporate interests and big business without regulation to control what they're doing to the workers." >> that's right. >> stephen: in some ways aren't you looking back fondly at a time when that kind of activism changed life for workers? >> so here's how i see this. that story of the triangle shirtwaist factory fire is a story of corruption. you know, by the time that fire occurred, there had alreadyeen protest march, there had been lots of story in the press. there had been lots where people talked about the very dangerous condition. and, yet, the factory owners werein b bucks off it. so instead of making changes in their factories, what they did is they went to albany and they
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made big political campaign contributions. and they greased the wheels of government so that nothing happened. that's what happens when the rich and the powerful capture our government. but it's a story about power in the other direction as well. after that fire, the women got organized, and they said, "we're going to keep rallying. we're going to keep protesting. they're going to the push from the outside." but francis perkins who happened to be visiting, saw the fire, saw the women who jumped to their deaths, she said, "i'm going to be on the other side. i'm going to be in government, and i'm going to landlord the fight from there." and this is what happened. over time-- she goes to albany in 1911 when women don't even have the vote, and she heads up a commission that investigates. they talk about fire safety, get changes. then moved to rewriting the labor laws. the great depression hits. franklin roosevelt takes her to washington. she becomes the first woman to
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serve in the cabinet of a president of the united states. and what does she do? she leads her party. she leads from the inside. millions of people lead from the outside. expp what happens? well, she was woman with a plan, and they got big structural change. that's when we goin america a minimum wage. that's when we got unemployment insurance. that's with we got social security in america. shoot, that's when we actually got the weekend. this is big change! ( applause ) so, when-- when people say to me, "this is too hard. come on, government tjust goes on. government's captured by all the guys with all the money." i say, "wait a minute. in america, we've made big structural change before." think of it this way: what did they say to the suffragettes. "don't even try.
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it's too hard. quit now." what did they say to the early civil rights wrkers, the foot soldiers in the civil rights movement?" "too hard, give up now." to the early union organizers. "too hard, give up now." to the lgbtq activists, "too hard, give up now." but they didn't give up. they got organized. they persisted, and they change america's history. ( cheers and applause ). >> stephen: and, yet, they persisted. >> and, yet, they persisted. we can do the same! and that's what this is about. >> stephen: do you think that this-- there is-- there is more sort of-- there's more corruption now than there was before? because there is a lot of centralized monetary power in washington on k. street, from the lobbyists controlling an enormous amount-- such an enormous amount of money. do you think it's going to be a harder fight than it was 100 years ago? >> so, for me, the comparison is
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not 100 years ago. the comparison is 50 years ago. right? 50 years ago, we had a government. we had labor unions. and we had big corporations. and the three kind of balanced the power out against each other. power in the hands of the workers, power in the hands of the government, and power in the hands of the corporations. what happened is the corporations figured out, starting roughly late 70s, earth 1980, that, shoot, best investment to be made is not in technology, not in new factories. best investment is go buy some politicians in washington. and they started investing in politicians. and you watch the roles just start to shift. they take the legs out from underneath the unions and they take the legs out from underneath the government and they capture that government. that's the problem. it's not just donald trump. i get it, he is corruption in the flesh. but the striewght a country that
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a-- the truth, is a country that elects donald trump is already in serious trouble. really bad trouble. ( applause ) >> stephen: we have to take a quick break. but we'll be right back with more senator elizabeth warren. i'll ask her what she would do about the attack in saudi arabia. performance comes in lots of flavors. there's the amped-up, over-tuned, feeding-frenzy-of sheet-metal-kind. and then there's performance that just leaves you feeling better as a result. that's the kind lincoln's about. ♪ for mild-to-moderate eczema, it's steroid free.a. do not use if you are allergic to eucrisa or its ingredients. allergic reactions may occur at or near the application site. the most common side effect is application site pain.
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presidential candidate senatorred with war. when i saw you look back, i don't mean you're backward thinking. i'm trying to say there were things gained in the 20th century that you're proposing we go back to that people are calling radical, but they used to be taken for granted. >> yeah. >> stephen: the most radical thing you're proposing is medicare for all. >> you think that's the most radical. i like the two cent wealth tax.
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but i'll take them all. >> stephen: i think it compares to the 90% top tax bracket during the eisenhower administration. but there hasn't been medicare for all before. you keep being asked in the debates, how are you going to pay for it? are you going to raise the middle class taxes? >> right. >> stephen: how are you going to pay for it? are you going to raise the middle class taxes? >> so here's how we're going to do this. costs are going to go up for the wealthiest americans, for big corporations. >> stephen: taxes which is what you mean by "cost?" >> yes. and hardworking middle-class family are going to see their cost goes down. >> stephen: but will their taxes go up-- >> here's the thing -- >> stephen: here's the thing. i've listened to these answers a few times before and i just want to make a parallel suggestion to you that you might defend the taxes perhaps you're not mentioning in your sentence. isn't medicare for all like public school. >> see -- >> stephen: there might be taxes for it but you save money
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sending your kids to school and do you want to live in a world where your kids aren't educated? do you want to live in a world where your fellow americans are dying? >> i accept your point and believe in your point. health care is a basic human right. we fight for basic human rights, and that's medicare for all. everyone gets covered. but here's how i looked at it. i spent a big chunk of my career studying why families go broke. and a big reason that families go broke is health care. and even today, people with insurance are going broke over a bad medical diagnosis. and people are getting stretched financially. why? well, first you have high premiums. and then you've got that co-pay. you need to go to the doctor, you have a co-pay. oh, and the insurance company says, "i'm sorry, we're not going to cover that doctor. not in network." and then for the specialist that you need to see the insurance company goes, "you don't need to see the specialist." and the extra physical therapy and you need to go to the pharmacy and this is not covered
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and this has a high co-pay. families are paying and paying and paying. and a big part of the reason they're paying is because the insurance company have set up their business model. and their mod cell rake in as much money as you can in premiums, and then say no as often as you can to health care coverage. and the consequence of that is they pulled $23 billion out of the system last year. they imposed costs on everyone else with all the forms that had to be filled out and people arguing over could they get this covered or that covered? this is not a sustainable health care system. i am so deeply grateful to president obama who moved this country to say, "we as a country want every person here to have health care coverage." and now it's time to take the next step and say let's do that in the most effective way
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possible. and what every study shows is that medicare for all is the cheapest way to do that. and it's the way to make sure that tho who have more will pay more, but that hardworking families will pay less. nobody has to go bankrupt over health care if we get medicare for all. all. ( cheers and applause ) >> stephen: now, a couple of quick ones. this is mild lightning round. mild lightning round. how rich is rich for this two accept the thing by the way? >> it is-- people who have fortunes of above $50 million. so your first $50 million is free and clear. >> stephen: lent. ( laughter ). >> but your 55 millionth and first dollar you have to pitch in two cents and two cents for every dollar after that. just -- >> stephen: but then i wouldn't have a dollar. i'd only have 98 cents. >> oh, boohoo. >> stephen: moving on. iran versus the saudis. what would convince president
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warren that the iranians did this? and if so, what would the response be? >> okay, so, look, let's be really clear. we don't have the kind of evidence we need right now. let's just talk about where we are right now. and no president gets to declare war on their own. in this case, what we need-- ( applause ) he wants to talk about bombing somebody, you've got to come to congress and get an authorization for the use of military force. that's what the constitution says. nobody gets to drop those bombs on their own. no. >> stephen: you were a republican for a long time. you switched in '96. did you become an independent or a democrat at that time? >> i have actually been a republican and independent. i wasn't very political. >> stephen: do you agree with trump on anything? ( laughter ) >> yes! yes! he signed my bill into law that is going to bring down the cost of hearing aids for millions of
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people across this country. i'm in. my guy! >> stephen: well, smerk listening. senator, thank you so much. >> thank you! stephen: senator elizabeth warren, everybody! we'll be right back with the warren, everybody! we'll be right back with the cast of the original "the brady bunch." this is also mia's pulse. that her doctor keeps in check, so she can find balance. this is mia's pulse, and now it's more stable than ever. this is what medicare from blue cross blue shield does for mia. and with over 80 years of healthcare expertise, imagine what we can do for you. this is the benefit of blue. [upbeat♪action music]
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( band playing ) ( cheers and applause ) >> stephen: hey, everybody,
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welcome back to "the late show." folks, my next guests starred on one of the most iconic shows of all time. please welcome, the cast of "the brady bunch": maureen mccormick, barry williams, eve plumb, christopher knight, susan olsen and mike lookinland! hello! >> so nice to be here. good to see you. hello! nice to see you, eve. hello, christopher. nice to see you. hey, thank you so much. there you go. wow. someone-- there we go. let me help you up there. you all good? thank you very much. wow! >> wow! >> stephen: wow! >> yeah, wow! >> is right. >> this is the first time we have ever been on late-night tv. >> stephen: really? >> and it's so cool to be on your show. >> stephen: well, it's so cool to have you here.
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now, all of you are running for the democratic nomination. thank you. ( laughter ) for being here. it's a big field this year. i will just lay cards on the table right now is that i don't know what to do with these feelings. ( laughter ) look at you-- and you must face that all the time, right? you must face that all the time. >> we love it! >> stephen: people see you and it's truly a genuine eye kind of almost don't want to do my job right now. i want to hang out with yu guys. >> let's just hang. let's make those drinks you were talking about. and let's just hang. >> stephen: it's so nice to have you guys here. let's explain to the people sort of exactly what this is about right now. is the "brady bunch" house on hgtv has been completely-- well, "the brady bunch" house we all saw from the exterior was renovated to become the actual "brady bunch" house. people didn't know the exterior shot, that's not the actual house. >> that was a photograph. >> stephen: a photograph from where? >> from a house in north
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hollywood. it's on dilling street. i had never been there. >> yeah. >> i don't think a lot of us had ever been there. >> we had-- we had no clue. i had a friend who invited me to that house to have dinner, not telling me anything. we had a mutual friend. i went over to the souse. we sat down in the living room and it got quiet and they're all looking and laughing at me waiting for something to happen. i said, "what's going on?" she said, "don't you know where you are?" i said, "well, i think i'm at the mcallister house." they said, "no, you're in the 'the brady bunch' house." there's no upstairs, no nothing. >> stephen: this is restored to look exactly like the exterior "the brady bunch" house. >> they took me out to the sidewalk so i could see it. >> stephen: and this is what it looks like before hgtv restored it to its original-- >> yeah, how about that? >> but that wasn't the hard part. the hard part was the inside.
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>> wait until you see the inside. >> stephen: of course, for the people out there who aren't familiar with how show biz works, you guys were just on sets. and sets are two, maybe three walls, no ceiling, and then you're in this cavernous room. huno sense of a house. >> cien of like this. >> stephen: this is what the actual house looked like. and this is what hgtv has done to it. they've turned it into the damn house. in the very first episode of this, i think-- how many people watched? >> eight million or more. >> stephen: 10 million people watched the restoration of this hois. people want to see this house again. >> it's their house! >> i want to buy it. >> stephen: really? >> i did. just because-- even though i had never been in and it looked nothing like tit's-- it's the house. so it was either that or stage 5. i can't buy stage 5, so-- on the paramount lot. >> stephen: anybody freaked out to be back in it again? >> yeah. >> stephen: chris? >> i mean, it's a mind-expanding
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experience. but odder than the first-person experience is watching us inside of that house. >> right. >> it's not a set anymore, because we're a lot bigger. and a bit older. >> just a bit. >> stephen: here you are-- here you are back in the original hois, back in the day. >> the set. >> the set. >> the set, yeah. >> stephen: here you are now. >> wow. >> and we have a ceiling above us. >> we're not used to that. it's got a ceiling. >> it's got real stone, real wood. it feels so comfortable, i forget i'm not on the set. >> right. >> stephen: now, each one of you had a different responsibility for a different part of the renovation. >> yes. >> stephen: did any of you think you had a harder zob than the others? >> i think they managed to spread it out all over. i mean they were-- they were-- that was what was so exciting was getting to actually work with tools, work on the demo, work on the shopping. >> stephen: wait, eve, you actually did, like, the demo? >> yes, yeah, we worked-- all of
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us. >> jack hammers. >> jack hammer pro now. >> stephen: had you done anything like that before. >> yes. >> i had done some demo work. >> not wanted to mislead the audience. >> stephen: you've done some light jackhammering. >> we did work on it but there were another 200 people working on it. >> true. >> doing the heavy lifting. >> the toughest part for me about watching this show is one of the best things about the show which is that we're not playing characters. we're being completely ourselves. and so i'm. >> -- i'm watching the show and i'm thinking, "that's what i sound like!" ( laughter ). >> stephen: well, was there a particular-- because it's perfectly restored. is there a particular prop or a particular room that has resonance for you, that sort of freaked you out to see again? >> it freaked me up on the to-- when i went into the master bedroom, which is where florence and bob did so many scenes. and there's --
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>> stephen: florence henderson and robert reid who are no longer with us. that must have been bittersweet. >> it's really hard. i had some amazing moments with florence towards the end of her life on "dancing with the stars." and i have to tell you that your interview on grief with anderson cooper touched me so much. >> stephen: oh, i'm so glad. >> because-- ( applause ) i still grieve florence's loss. she taught me a lot about learning to find joy in my life, in a whole new way. >> stephen: what were they like as adult presence on the set and tv parents? did that ever bleed over-- >> very much. >> very much so. >> stephen: the stewarding of you guys. >> robert reed was such a father figure, andening a lot of ways, he missed his own daughter, and we got a lot of her love. and he gave us all movie cameras
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one christmas so that we could experience what it was like to be on the other side. and he took us all on england to turn us on to the theater. yeah, he was very much a father. and so was florence like a mother. >> we stayed here at the plaza for a few days. >> when he brought us. >> yes, when he brought us here. first, we came to new york and we brought our cameras, and i have several long views from the empire state building of each view. it's really boring. ( laughter ) >> so he had this elaborate gift-- he gave us one year the camera; the next year the trip to the u.k., to england; and the following year projectors. and then a party at his house to show our movies. >> but he never gave us film. >> stephen: we have to take a little bit of a break. please don't go anywhere. we'll be right back with more of the cast of "the brady bunch," everybody.
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( cheers and applause ) >> stephen: hey, everybody, right here, we're back with the original cast of "the brady bunch," everybody.
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okay, i'm a performer, i know that you're not your characters. but it's very hard for me not to perceive the person aeven the childhood persona laid over you. what you have done over the years to shake off that persona for the public? >> can i ask you this. i don't know if we need to shake it off so much. i know in my case i tried to run from this everybody of forever being brady. then i had an epiphany that it was always going to be in the room before me. it was going to be in the room after me, and long after i'm gone. and all that it engendered was this sort of friendship and love so what was i running from? and the reality is the character was really kind of based in us. they kind of looked at us, felt us, and wrote for our character who we actually were. >> dimarry a man who had never seen "the brady bunch." he -- >> stephen: where did you find him? in a-- >> right! >> stephen: is he amish? where did you-- >> he was backpacking throughout norway that whole time, and he had never --
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>> stephen: that's a long hike! that's a long hike! is there no syndication where he lives? because you guys have never been off the air. whid the show first go on the air. >> '69-'74. >> stephen: 54 years later, you guys have never been off the air the entire time. >> it's crazy gli asked some of the younger people working for me jutov of college, "surely you don't know 'the brady bunch'." "uh, tv land." they knew sam, they knew the suit fit. >> the suit fit? >> stephen: when you became the star. >> johnny bravo. >> stephen: they knew "it's time to change." >> you got the choreography down! >> stephen: i'm a superfan. i didn't do my homework. i watched you guys. >> you come from a relatively big family yourself? >> stephen: yes, you guys are pikers. i'm one of 11. we used to laugh at you people. you people and "eight is
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enough," step up. now the house is complete, now that the house is completely restored, what do you hope happened to it? >> wow. >> we don't know what will happen but it makes a great set, a great backdrop for different kinds of shows. you could have dinner conversations. you could do cooking shows. you could have people showing up from the "twilight zone" showing up in the house. >> stephen: i want them to do an "n.c.i.s.: los angeles," and there's a murder. and one of you guys is the murderer. there you go. well, folks, there they are again here and there. "a very brady renovation" airs mondays on hgtv. ♪
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>> stephen: that's it for "the late show." tune in tomorrow when i'll be joined by billy crystal and musical guest, thomas rhett. now stick around for james corden. good night! captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh ♪ are you ready y'all to have some fun ♪ feel the love tonight don't you worry 'bout ♪ where it is you come from it'll be all right ♪ is


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