Stephen Colbert and Jon Batiste have been very good friends and partners since they met for the very first time years ago on the Colbert Report. The two connected very well and Batiste even got Colbert to meet his family.
Stephen shared in on interview that from the very start, he loved Batiste for his “versatality and spirit”. They began working together on The Late Show where Stephen Colbert was the host and Jon Batiste was the leader of the show’s backing band.
They worked together for seven years until the Grammy-winning star finally decided it was time to leave the show to pursue other personal and professional interests.
Colbert says he is going to miss working with his friend but is very happy for his growth all the same. Loyal viewers who have watched the show ever since Colbert took over in 2015 were also saddened by this turn of events but wish the former band leader the best on his new path.