Sean Penn's smoking Colbert interview

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The Late Show host began by noting Anderson Cooper's sit-down was the highest-rated 60 Minutes in ten years and added that that must mean it scored bigger ratings than then President-elect Donald Trump's interview. And after hearing her account of the affair she says she had with Donald Trump, Colbert proclaimed her tale "the least surprising story I have ever heard".

Sean Penn smoked cigarettes and admitted to being on the prescription sleep-aid Ambien last night on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and his behavior was just downright weird.

"I said, 'Give me that, '" Daniels recounted about the unusual literary foreplay.

Two-time Oscar victor Sean Penn is hitting the press circuit to promote his novel, Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff.

He told Colbert, "The greatest thing that an actor can bring to the party is to play well with others-it's the collaboration-and I increasingly don't play well with others", he explained.

When asked about his motivations for writing the book, Penn said it was a kind of therapy for him living through the Trump era. Turns out, Sean-Penn-on-Ambien is more inclined to light a cigarette and start smoking live on Colbert's stage than Sean-Penn-NOT-on-Ambien.

Late show antics from celebrities are nothing new, but people weren't too amused by Penn's cigarette. It credited someone named Pappy Pariah as the author, whom Penn, in a past appearance on the Late Show, allegedly claimed he met at a writers' conference 40 years ago. "So I gave him a name, Pappy Pariah, which became a character in the novel, and I chose to let it live as his for a bit".

"You know Bob Mueller is watching this interview, right?"

Did that clear things up?

Sean Penn has never shied away from being anything less than eccentric and outspoken. "I'm on that train with you". Penn said that it was "job security for oncologists".

Later, the conversation turned to this past Saturday's "March For Our Lives".

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