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the late show with stephen captioning sponsored by cbs >> according to "variety," in an episode of "harley quinn," d.c. comics vetoed an oral sex scene between batman and catwoman, saying, "you can't do that. you absolutely cannot do that. heroes don't do that." (laughter) (eerie music) >> lex luthor: it has just come to my attention that batman doesn't like to... shall we say eat at the "y"? >> cheetah: outrageous! >> lex luthor: so here's our chance to make ourselves more popular than the hall of justice. any suggestions? >> scarecrow: we could think about a woman's pleasure more than our own. >> lex luthor: okay, good. what else?
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>> black manta: how about some gentle kissing before we stampede the nether regions. >> lex luthor: i like it. i like it. >> gorilla grodd: grodd say cuddle. >> lex luthor: good. >> solomon grundy: we could listen more. >> lex luthor: great. what else? we're just spitballing-- or whatever the kids are calling it these days. >> narrator: meanwhile, at the hall of justice... >> superman: so that's how we'll take care of the crab mutants of algon 7. what do you think, wonder woman? earth to wonder woman. what's gotten into you? you seem distracted. (laughter). >> it's "the late show," with stephen colbert. tonight, empire state of mind. plus, stephen welcomes dr. sanjay gupta. and rita moreno. featuring jon batistan human. and now, liiive on tape from the ed sullivan theater in new york
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>> stephen: what's going on! hello! good to see you again! ( cheers and applause ) oh, yes. oh, yes. it's still new. it's still new. it's still wonderful stephen! stephen! stephen! stephen! >> stephen: hey! fantastic! thank you, ladies and gentlemen. thank you very much. please, ladies and gentlemen, welcome, welcome, one and all, to... ( cheers and applause ) it's still exciting. it's still a little exciting. yeah. i-- i kind of still feel the same way. now, welcome, welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to "the late show." i'm your host, stephen colbert, ( cheers and applause ) ♪ ♪ ♪
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tonight is our second show back, and it is great to be here with all these fully-vaccinated people. ( cheers and applause ) got the covid shot. and thre notlone, because today, the state of new york officially announced a 70% vaccination rate. ( cheers and applause ) wooo! wooo, baby! 70%. that's the-- that's an important threshold. that is a c-minus. hell, yeah! and that's great. because we don't have to take summer school, i think. i think that's what that means. also, because herd immunity is commonly considered to be achieved at somewhere between 70% to 80%, so new york state will lift "virtually all" covid restrictions, including remaining capacity limits, social distancing, and cleaning and disinfecting mandates. which means-- ( laughter )
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which means that pizza rat can finally dine inside again. ( cheers and applause ). now-- casual. a hawaiian shirt? have a hawaiian shirt on? to recognize the 70% milestone. the empire state building will be lit up in blue and gold lights. and, listen, keep in mind-- we only light up the empire state for truly historic occasions, like the rollout of blue m&ms, food allergy awareness week, and the westminster dog show. ( laughter ) do you know what that means to dogs? nothing because they can't see color. ( applause ) and this celebration-- this celebration does not stop with just the glowy skyscrapers. in july, new york city is holding a ticker-tape parade honoring frontline workers. ( ch and alause ) yeah, ect, perfecte? i'll be throwing right off the top of the theater here.
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to tell us about it, let's go to parade hype man, bill de blasio. >> we are going to have essential workers celebrated, groups of essential workers, floats for healthcare workers, first responders, educators municipal workers, transportation workers, grocery and bodega workers, delivery people. >> stephen: delivery people-- that's going to make lunch orders a little complicated. "okay, it says my salad is on a float coming down 6th avenue. ( laughter ) it's stuck between the rockettes and delta airlines presents michael buble." ( laughter ) other states are also vaxxed up and ready to party. today, california lifted nearly all of its pandemic restrictions, according to california governor and tech c.e.o. reassuring staff that while the startup is closing, he will remain rich, gavin newsom. in making the announcement, newsom summoned all the dignity
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renowned: ( music, minions making noise ) >> and now please welcome to the stage, california governor gavin newsom. ( applause ) >> well, good morning, everybody. >> optimus prime: good morning, governor. >> was that optimus prime? >> optimus prime: it is a privilege to stand by your side. ( laughter ) ( applause ) >> stephen: ( as optimus prime ) "it was also a pleasure to dry hump your prius in the parking lot. ( laughter ) i'm into bot play. i will pay to have it cleaned." newsome california'd on: california is open again. (music, minions making noises ) >> california has turned the page. let us all celebrate this remarkable milestone! ♪ ♪ ♪
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>> stephen: california is back open for business! and nothing says "ready for opening without any unforeseen dire consequences" like the guy from "jurassic park"! ( laughter ) ( applause ) now-- it's going to be fine. it's going to be fine. ( cheers and applause ). >> jon: i remember that movie. >> stephen: hold on to your butts! up in vermont, they're crushing the injection game, becoming the first state to reach an 80% vaccine threshold. ( cheers and applause ) that's fantastic. it's amazing. they should be proud of themselves. it's all thanks to vermont's vaccine incentive program: anyone who doesn't get a shot gets a personal visit from bernie sanders. ( as bernie ) "knock-knock, ding-dong! open the damn door and show me your vaccination card! don't make me take off my mittens! and of and while i'm here i gotta ask. what's the soup situation in this house? i smell navy bean. do not lie to me!" we're all antici t
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showdown, america's joe biden versus russian president vladimir putin, seen here laughing at the last joke you'll ever tell. back in march, biden called putin a "killer," but yesterday, the definitely-a-murderer explained that all the bad things he is accused of, americans do, too. >> (translated): we have a saying: "don't be mad at the mirror if you are ugly. it has nothing to do with you personally. but if somebody blames us for something, what i say is, why don't you look at yourselves? you will see yourselves in the mirror, not us." >> stephen: my favorite sayings are the ones that are convoluted and need a lot of explanation. ( laughter ) reminds me of the beautiful needlepoint throw pillow we had growing up: "the early bird gets the worm, because he's there before the birds who are on time, and there's a fixed number of worms. you are not a bird, but you can learn from birds. they are valuable. in fact, if you can get one of them in your hand, that's worth
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two in the bush, which is a whole 'nother thing i don't even have time to stitch right now." ( cheers and applause ) putin also offered up the ultimate insult to the president. >> ( translated): president biden, of course, is radically different from trump, because president biden is a career man. he's spent virtually his entire adulthood in politics. >> stephen: ( as putin ) "unlike me, who spent 17 years as k.g.b. spy. you can't really understand the average man until you've sprayed nerve gas in his underwear." ( laughter ) but biden is not going to be intimidated. >> in a weekend interview, vladimir putin laughed at the suggestion that you had called him a killer. is that still your belief, sir, that he is a killer? ( laughs ) >> to answer the first question, ( laughs ) i am laughing, too. ( cheers and applause ) >> stephen: i'm laughing too.
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i just remembered a bazooka joe comic from a gum i chewed in 1972. what are you guys talkin' about?" speaking of enemies of the united states, there's some updates on the capitol rioters. and i'll tell you all about it in tonight's "seditionist round- up roundup." >> i am not a-mooooos-ed by this bull! >> stephen: first up in the round-up: new hampshire native and guy teaching a cryptocurrency class from his mom's basement, jason riddle. even though he was arrested back in february for his part in the riot, on sunday, riddle announced that he is running to serve as the house representative for new hampshire's second congressional district. ( booing ) but riddle did not know that: >> reporter: he says he's running against democrat annie kuster in the 2022 midterm elections. kuster is currently in her fifth term as a u.s. congresswoman representing new hampshire's second district.
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>> i thought ann was a state representative. >> reporter: no. so a state rep is in the ste house in concord. >> yeah, that's what ann is! >> reporter: no, no, no. she's in washington. >> oh, well, i guess i gotta run against that then. i dunno. your guess is as good as mine!" ( laughter ) ( applause ) next up-- ( applause ) a little research. >> jon: you gotta do your research. >> stephen: next up, remember this guy who put his feet on nancy pelosi's desk? ( booing ( you evidently do. ( laughter ) that's richard "bigo" barnett, a self-avowed white nationalist, who on sunday appeared on russian state tv. he hit-- he hit all the russian sunday shows: "oppress the nation," "murder the press," and, "fox news sunday."
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( cheers and applause ) just kidding, chris. i love you, chris. please come back. next up, the first rioters to plead guilty to a misdemeanor are joshua and jessica bustle, a married couple from virginia. yes, for their wedding, they were registered at "the knot," also "the knoose." e les-- w. don't be mean to mike pence, steve! good guy. the bustles pled guilty to unlawful demonstration after joshua filmed jessica inside the capitol building. she also posted a lot of angry stuff about vaccines on facebook, but in court, jessica added, "i'm admitting guilt to the things that i said, and i'm sorry for saying them. there were also other things that were said in posts that were kind, like 'pray for america,' that weren't included." ( laughter ) that's like a murderer admitting he stabbed a guy, but he wants credit because afterwards he
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wrote, "don't do drugs." ( laughter ) we've got a great show for you tonight. ( cheers and applause ) but when we return, oh, we have such a great second act for you, "quarantine-while." tick around. so then i said to him, you oughta customize your car insurance with liberty mutual, so you only pay for what you need. hot dog or... chicken? only pay for what you need. ♪ liberty. liberty. liberty. liberty. ♪ start your day with crest 3d white and from mochaccinos to merlot, your smile will always be brilliant. crest 3d white brilliance. 100% stain removal,
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>> jon: aaaahhh! ( applause ) there's a vibe. >> stephen: i was just saying-- jon, i was just saying that, you know, i can't believe what a joy it is to do the show for a live audience. i mean, this is what i did for, like, 35 years and not having it for a year was really weird. but what i didn't expect was to have forgotten how much easier it to do it for people than not for people. ( laughter ) because we had to do it for so long-- ( cheers and applause ) i mean, i guess-- how about this? i guess "easy" isn't the word. it takes energy to throw stuff at the audience, but they give it back, you know. it's a relationship, which i really love. >> jon: yes. >> stephen: and i was just wondering-- ( applause ) i'm just wondering for y'all over there, i mean, you're all live performers. what is this like for you to be back in front of an audience? >> jon: oh, my goodness. it's a reciprocal emotional relationship. >> stephen: yes, it is.
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( applause ) >> jon: we-- we do the show with the people, that's what i would say. it's not just for the people. it's with the people. >> stephen: that's exactly right. >> jon: when you get back in you really remember that. and i don't want to go back. ( laughter ). >> stephen: no, no, knock wood. knock wood. ( applause ) >> jon: here we go. here we go. ( applause ) >> stephen: well, i'm happy to be here because, folks. i spend a lot of time gathering the finest, most topical stories about national studies, scientific breakthroughs, and drunk moose breaking into ice cream shops, only to have a pandemic hit, during which i take them into a sad, empty little room where my only friends are robot cameras and a purell bottle, and i let myself go while slowly descending into madness as i shove my sweet innocent little jokes into a segment that i am forced to rename "quarantine-while." but sometimes, i crawl out of the broom closet after 15
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months, pour myself back into a suit, assemble the top team in the business, the swingin'est band in late night, and the ( cheers and applause ) best damn audience in the world. so i can return to your loving arms the kick-ass, properly- presented celebration of marginal news that is my segment: "meanwhile!" ( cheers and applause ) there it is. "meanwhile!" it healed a nation. it's back, baby! ( cheers and applause ) accept no substitutes. it's a milestone. ( cheers and applause ) and, lo, it has come to pass! commercialsts massachusetts, an,
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swlo whale. reminds me of that famous bible story: "michael packard, the commercial lobster diver, and the whale." the guy's totally okay, and apparently was trapped in its gullet for nearly a minute before being coughed back up. the fact that he tasted bad saved his life. that's why i never go swimming without my cilantro shorts. but now that the ordeal is over, mr. packard has one request-- that matt damon play him in the movie. ( laughter ) ( applause ) really! wow! a whole matt damon movie, about one minute in a whale's mouth. might seem like a stretch, but hollywood is already developing "good will humpback" and "puking private ryan."
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anwh i oh, my god. it's 2004 all over again. throw me in a velour tracksuit that says "juicy" across the butt and vote kerry/edwards cuz i am all in on bennifer! ( cheers and applause ) this is so exciting. this is like "gigli" if people had wanted to see it. ( laughter ) some "gigli" fans here tonight. maybe all of the "gigli" fans here tonight. meanwhile, because of staffing shortages, the t.s.a. is asking its office workers to help out at checkpoints this summer. oh, good. get ready for a full pat-down from brad in accounting. ( hter ) thogram s already started, with the t.s.a. saying that offices "have been sending up volunteers throughout the week, and they've been accepted to deploy." "deploy"?
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chill out, t.s.a. it's the security line at o'hare, not vietnam. ( as gruff soldier ) "i'll never forget the look in that man's eyes when i told him he had to take his shoes off. we lost a lot of good water bottles that day." ( laughter ) meanwhile, big echidna news, because "australian researchers have discovered why only two of the echidna's four penis heads become erect at one time." i'm going to say you're burying the lede there, science. how can the fact that this little guy is rockin' four dongs not be the headline? that's like reporting, "dewey defeats truman and his four penises, only two of them erect!" ( laughter ) ( applause ) we'll be right back with dr. sanjay gupta. ♪ ♪ ♪
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♪ ♪ ♪ ( applause ) >> stephen: hey, everybody, welcome back to "the late show." my first guest has worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic to deliver facts to the american people as cnn's chief medical correspondent. the last time he was here in the theater, there was no audience to give him a proper welcome. let's make up for that right now. please welcome back to "the late show," dr. sanjay gupta! ♪ ♪ ♪ ( cheers and applause )
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>> stephen: sanjay gupta, everybody. isn't that nice? >> wow. >> stephen: now and i have spoken a few times over the covid lockdown, over the zoom interviews. which was great. we had a good time talking to you, we got information out there. but the thing that is coming back to me now, the emotional moment that i'm reliving was-- you were my last guest in this theater in 2020, on march 12 of 2020. we had no audience. there were some staff members. i have a photo right here. there you go. we had a few staff members out in the audience, and jon batiste was at the piano, right, jon? >> jon: yup. >> stephen: you were at the piano, and that was it. and we leaned on you to tell us what you thought we were about to go into. how-- how do you think we did for the last 15 months? ( laughter )
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looking back on that night and the next 15 months, what's your takeaway from what we've experienced? >> it's so-- it's so hard to sort of piece this all together, you know, stephen. i have to say, first of all, it is really wonderful to be here. i mean, it just-- it feels-- ( cheers and applause ) >> stephen: it's great to have an audience back. >> i mean i think-- i think you forget what you miss, just being bathed in a sea of humanity. i love this. it's really wonderful. and i think there were times over this past year when i didn't know if it was going to happen again. i knew that it would happen again, i just didn't know when. the future just sort of looked blank when i looked out there. it wasn't that it was dark or light. there was nothing there for a period of time. how did we do? well, stephen, i think-- i remember you asking me, "is it time to panic?" and i said, "i don't know that panic has a real purpose. we need to plan. we need to do things." as you know, stephen, 600,000 people have died. so i am still-- my heart is still so tight. i'm so happy to be here.
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i feel like i'm going to mark moments of this pandemic by this show by sitting with you, as you showed in that picture and being here tonight. but we didn't do very well. we could have done so much better, and that makes it really heartbreaking. >> stephen: people are worried at ty're scallyg sing-- somethig called the delta variant. what is that and how concerned should i be? >> so delta variant is a variant spreading in india. this has caused a lot of the increases in the u.k. the u.k. variant is no longer the dominant variant in the u.k. it is the delta variant because it is more permissible. about 10% here have the delta variant. if you follow it, it sort of doubles every couple of weeks. so, yes, it will become dominant here just by math, because it crowds out the other less- transmissible variant. >> stephen: does the vaccine stop the delta variant? >> yes, the vaccine works well.
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it has a little bit of a reduced effect against it but it works well against the delta. >> stephen: so if you have the vaccine, you shouldn't where are about death or hospitalization of the variant? >> that's the thing. if you're vaccinated, i think you should feel pretty good that you're not likely to get sick or but if you're not, i have to say, you sort of thought you got away with it. "i didn't get infected. this thing is in the rearview mirror." this thing is 60% more transmissible, roughly. things you got away with before if you were unvaccinated, you're probably going to have a harder time. >> stephen: even a better reason to get the shot now. >> everything comes back to that. that's another thing we didn't know in march of last year that we would have a vaccine. >> stephen: so fast. >> so fast and so effective, 90- plus percent effective. i do not think we can celebrate the achievement of that science enough. it will fundamentally change science. it will change the pace. the mrna may be therapies for cancer in thture. >> stephen: and ve neveren aer m
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it's amazing the coverage i get something on a lot of people's minds. one of the things science does, it approaches information with humility, and changes as new information comes in. what about the origins of the coronavirus? is because many people, including a dear friend of mine- >> yes, i heard. ( laughter ). >> stephen: believe that it's got to be the wuhan coronavirus- - novel coronavirus lab. why else would they name it that if they didn't make it? now, you're laughing but i'm just curious what you think of that rationale? and is there new information? i know this idea, this theory has been up-drafted recently. and is there any evidence? because i don't want to be right. i just want to know what the truth is. what do we know so far. >> yeah -- >> stephen: i do want to be right, though. ( laughter ) thiseally has to be investigated. i mean i think-- the lab leak
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sort of gamesmanship, without any evidence. there was no evidence that it leaked from a lab. there's no evidence that it didn't leak from a lab. it's sort of the nature of science again. >> stephen: why does it come back around again, and people like anthony fauci and francis colinins are saying no, it should definitely be investigated. >> i did this interview with robert redfield, who was head of the c.d.c. at the time, and he came out and said-- this was in february of this year-- that he thinks that's likely how this escaped. and he's someone who had access to withdraw raw intelligence and raw data. and when you start to look at the pieces, like were there people who got sick in that institute of virology? they got sick in october- november time frame. that's interesting because we thought this didn't start to hit until december. was it caused by covid or something else? protec e w beiots of personal
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crom otr countries, including the united states, at least 30 days before the rest of the world was given notice. did they know something? was something known? we don't have evidence to say that that proves to a lab leak theory. >> stephen: that-- that points to deception. >> it points to deception. >> stephen: but it doesn't point to-- >> but why deception. absolutely. the idea that was biomanufactured as a weapon somehow versus an accidental lab leak versus a natural jump from animals to humans. those are really the three things on the table. the bioweapon part of it, i think most people don't really think that's what happened. but the idea that this virus could have been studied in the lab, could have been increasingly exposed to am had cells, and accidentally leaked out of the lab is a theory that i think is very worthy of investigation. there's something else: typically, when a virus jumps from animals to humans, it kind of sputters along. it takes a while for it to sort of gain steam. as was explained to me, this
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thing came out 90 miles an hour, and all of a sudden just started infecting wildly. why? well, if it had been studied in a lab and exposed to human cells it was becoming more and more efficient. it was becoming smarter at the time that it leaked. it was a huge problem. >> stephen: now, you've been informing the nation, for the world about fact versus fiction about covid over the past year. but now you have a new podcast. it's called "chasing life." what is that? >> "chasing life" is basically about the reemergence of so society. what have we learned this past year? what have we learned about ourselves? what have we learned about human connection? also i kept thinking about the country in some ways, stephen, as my patient throughout this pandemic. i really did. i felt a real sort of-- i felt an empathy. i felt-- i don't know. there was a connection i never felt before. and the patient is still recovering. they're not totally healthy.cove
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physical and then there's the mental recovery. and then there's the romantic recovery. when you were here 15 months ago, i scheduled you if it was time to stop dating. and you said yes. ( laughter ) dr. sanjay gupta-- >> that was science. >> stephen: i understand. can we date again? are you endorsed hot vax summer? ( cheers and applause ) no pressure. ( laughter ) >> yes! i am. ( cheers and applause ). >> stephen: that's science! >> that's science! >> stephen: thanks for being here. his podcast is called "chasing life." dr. sanjay gupta, everybody! we'll be right back with rita moreno. ♪ ♪ ♪
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what if you could push a button and less carbon would be put into the air. if there were a button that would help you use less energy, breathe cleaner air, and even take on climate change... would you press it? ♪ ♪ ♪ >> stephen: hey, everybody! welcome back. ladies and gentlemen-- oh, folks. my next guest is an actress, egot winner, and all-around icon. please welcome rita moreno! ( cheers and applause )
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♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ( applause ) ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ( applause ) ( applause ) ♪ ♪ ♪ ( applause ) >> stephen: that-- that is how you make an entrance, ladies and gentlemen. that is how you win an emmy, grammy, oscar, tony, and peabody. the rare pegot! what an honor-- what an honor to meet you. >> first of all, what a band ( cheers and applause ) >> stephen: extraordinary, extraordinary. >> and nega, you are one sexy woman.
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wow. ( applause ). >> stephen: you are universally adored, i believe, rita moreno. there is nobody who doesn't like rita moreno. but perhaps the thing that launched you into people's consciousness and perhaps most beloved for is your performance here. ( applause ) in "west side story." as anita, as anita. what did you love about playing that role? >> you know what was special about her? i come from an era where there were no role models, none. there were no mentors. and it took me forever to find someone that i could model myself on. and it turned out to be anita in "west side story." because this was a latina woman who had dignity. she has a sense of self-respect. and i had never, ever played a latina like that. it was usually just "why do you no love me no more, pete?" ( laughter ) true. it's funny now, wasn't funny
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then. i did a lot of stuff like that for years and years and years. and then i found this wonderful character, anita. and oscar followed. you know, people forget, too, the golden globe when it was important. ( laughter ) >> stephen: when it was. it had gone from in 19-- what was that, 1961, the film version, and now you're executive producing stephen spielberg's upcoming remake, which-- ( applause ) an i can't believe-- i can't believe looking at you, seeing you dance, i cannot believe i'm about to say these words-- the film comes out one day after your 90th birthday. ( cheers and applause ). >> that's right. >> stephen: please send me a bottle of your lotion, whatever it is you're using.
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and the film actually opens on december 10. i am beside myself. i'm so proud. >> stephen: well-- ( applause ) what does this full circle mean to you? like-- seriously, to be an oscar-winning performer in the original, but now to executive produce. what does it mean to you to now be in one of the driver's seats for this cultural event? >> at ( bleep ) last. ( laughter ) ( applause ) ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ -- know-- i know.>>l go
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♪ ♪ ♪ >> stephen: hey, everybody, we're here of star of stage and screen, rita moreno.cuary-'s a w documentary "rita moreno: a girl who decided to go for it." the. >> "just a girl who decided to go for it" is truly the story of my life and just premiered at tribeca. and it's got-- but you know what's really delicious about that? it's gotten great reviews from everybody. but the one that really gives me a kick is rotten tomatoes because it gave it 100. ( cheers and applause ). >> stephen: now, there are some incredible stories-- did you ever struggle with the weight of being a pioneer? was that ever difficult to be someone who is-- became an icon for not only for the general public but for your own community for having broken so many barriers? >> no, i never struggled with that. >> stephen: okay, all right, good. >> but, you know, that took a while. you start your life out saying you're going to do that.
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it doesn't work that way. it just happened that way, and it makes me extremely proud. i'm so happy-- can we talk for a second about the criticism about lin-manuel. that upsets me. >> stephen: for the people who don't know, lin-manuel miranda-- >> he also coproduced my documentary, yeah. >> stephen: there's been some criticism for the lack of afro- latino people in, "in the heights," the movie adaptation of his play. what do you make of that? >> you can never do right, it seems. this is the man who literally brought latinoness and puerto riconess to america. i couldn't do it. i would love to say i did but i couldn't. lin-manuel has done that really singlehandedly, and i'm thrilled to pieces, and i'm proud that he produced my documentary. >> stephen: so, are you saying that while you may understand
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where people's concerns come from, that perhaps it's misplaced in criticizing him in this? >> well, i'm simply saying, can't you juaile there's a lot of people who are puertorriqueno, who are also from guatemala, who are dark and who are also fair. we are all colors in puerto rico. and this is how it is. and i just-- it would be so nice if they hadn't come up with that and left it alone just for now. they're really-- they're really attacking the wrong person. ( cheers and applause ). >> stephen: i-- i want you to know that i have goosebumps being here with you. i have admired you since i was a little boy. my mother-- i remember-- >> nobody is that old. ( laughter ). >> stephen: i remember my mother watching you on tv and saying, "you see that? that's rita moreno. she is the most talented woman in the world." >> get out. >> stephen: yes. >> really? >> stephen: yes.
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and i always-- i think of you and her and her love of you and i've always been a fan. and it's such a wonder and delight to have you here. thank you so much. >> i had such a good time. .thank you. >> stephen: "just a girl who decided to go for it" is in theaters this friday. rita moreno, everyone! we'll be right back. ♪ ♪ ♪ usnd)
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