Stephen Colbert taken aback as Jon Stewart pushes coronavirus lab leak theory on 'The Late Show'

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Jon Stewart was the first guest as The Late Show With Stephen Colbert returned to the iconic Ed Sullivan Theater Monday, for the first time in 15 months due to the coronavirus pandemic. Colbert was taken aback as Stewart began to speak about what he believes to be the origin of the coronavirus, espousing the lab leak theory, which is a popular talking point in conservative media.

“I think we owe a great debt of gratitude to science,” Stewart said. “Science has, in many ways, helped ease the suffering of this pandemic, which was more than likely caused by science.” “Do you mean perhaps there’s a chance that this was created in a lab?” Colbert asked. “A chance?” Stewart replied. “There’s a novel respiratory coronavirus overtaking Wuhan, China, what do we do? Oh, you know who we could ask? The Wuhan novel respiratory coronavirus lab. The disease is the same name as the lab! That’s just a little too weird!”