Video: Stephen Colbert Tears Up After Being Called a Bully

‘The Colbert Report’ host learns a lesson in empathy by the author of ‘Sticks & Stones,’ a book about defeating the culture of bullying.

Stephen Colbert may not have known what empathy was at the start of this clip about bullying, but he gets a little taste of it toward the end.

As Colbert interviews Emily Bazelon about her new book, Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy, he stops her with a burning question.


“Do you think I’m a bully?” he asks.


Her response sets Colbert into an emotional tailspin.

By Paige Brettingen