Stephen Colbert's Antonin Scalia shocker: "I will forever be grateful for that moment of human contact"

When Colbert played to silence at the White House Correspondents Dinner, it was Scalia who spoke to him afterwards

Published February 16, 2016 12:54PM (EST)

Stephen Colbert took time out from his usual "Late Show" format to offer a moving tribute to late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

"Whether or not you agreed with him--or made a lot of jokes about him, like I did--one thing you've got to admit is that he had a great sense of humor," Colbert began. "People have actually broken down the transcripts of oral arguments, and he told more jokes and got more laughs than any of the other justices."

"I was lucky enough to have one conversation with Antonin Scalia that explained his appeal to me," Colbert continued, describing his speech at the 2006 White House Correspondents Dinner. "Not many people laughed in the front row," where the "important people" sit.

And though after the speech "no one was even making eye contact with me," Colbert said, "Antonin Scalia [came] up to me and said, 'It's great! [...] Great stuff!'"

"I will forever be grateful for that moment of human contact he gave me," Colbert concluded, before giving Scalia one final all-too-appropriate salute.

Watch the tribute below:

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By Brendan Gauthier

Brendan Gauthier is a freelance writer.

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