Leguizamo Bashes ‘Insidious’ Univision For Lacking Hostility In Trump Interview

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Actor, alleged comedian, and massive narcissist John Leguizamo stopped by CBS and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Thursday to hype his MSNBC miniseries about “Latinx lenses all across America.” Before that, however, Leguizamo blasted Univision for not bashing Donald Trump all the time and that, as a result, he trumpeted that he will no longer be appearing on the network.

Colbert recalled that, “You also wrote this in the Los Angeles Times recently, this was in November. You wrote this opinion piece there. It says, ‘Cozying up to Trump, Univision is betraying its Spanish-speaking viewers.’ How so?”

It is hard to see how any network that employs Jorge Ramos could be considered soft on Trump, but Leguizamo tried, “Well, it’s kind of insidious because Spanish-speaking only Latinos watch Univision and that’s where they get all their news and information and so, you should be impartial. You should be non-partisan. And they’re not. It’s problematic to me.”

Even Colbert suggested he wasn’t buying what Leguizamo was selling, “Are they right-wing in some way?”

Leguizamo tried to claim that they were “I’ve spoken off the record with some of the newscasters and they said that they were leaning — they were pushing them right way and they had Trump on and they softballed the whole questions. They wouldn’t allow Biden commercials on and then they didn’t have Biden on for a long, long time and so I had to call them out on it. I called them out and their marketing people called me back.”

The interview with Biden wasn’t exactly hardball, but being a little bit to the right of the far-left does not make an outlet a right-wing network, but after Colbert asked what they said in response, Leguizamo proudly declared that the interview resulted in him banning himself from their airwaves, “They said ‘it’s not true. You know, we are not really — we are doing everything we can to be nonpartisan,’ but ‘I’m like, yo, how are you doing all these things that are not — that are leaning very MAGA? So, you need to be non-partial. Otherwise, I’m going to call you out again.’ So I won’t be on Univision. I won’t be.”

Earlier, Colbert and Leguizamo were discussing the latter’s time as temp host of The Daily Show in 2023. It should be noted that a NewsBusters study found that Leguizamo was the most partisan of the show’s 2023 temp hosts which included former Democratic officials Al Franken and Kal Penn. Only one of his 66 political jokes targeted the left and that one was attacking Univision’s Enrique Acevedo for the interview in November in a show co-hosted by Jordan Klepper and Desi Lydic from the left after his initial stint in March. During his time as host, Leguizamo played racial politics, delighted in Trump getting indicted, and accused Republicans of stealing elections. This year, he mauled a piñata while cursing the fact that polls show Latinos ignoring his political wisdom.

Later, Colbert brought up the MSNBC miniseries, “What do you want to explore with the show? Like, what’s it about?”

The supposed champion Latinos and nonpartisanship in the news media teased, “I’m looking at Latinx lenses all across America and I find it an embarrassment of riches.”

Ah, yes, the nonpartisan “Latinx.”

Here is a transcript for the May 2-taped show:

CBS The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

5/3/2024

12:07 AM ET

STEPHEN COLBERT: You also wrote this in the Los Angeles Times recently, this was in November. You wrote this opinion piece there. It says “Cozying up to Trump, Univision is betraying its Spanish-speaking viewers.” How so?

JOHN LEGUIZAMO: Well, it’s kind of insidious because Spanish-speaking only Latinos watch Univision and that’s where they get all their news and information and so, you should be impartial. You should be non-partisan. And they’re not. It’s problematic to me.

COLBERT: Are they right-wing in some way?

LEGUIZAMO: I’ve spoken off the record with some of the newscasters and they said that they were leaning – they were pushing them right way and they had Trump on and they softballed the whole questions. They wouldn’t allow Biden commercials on and then they didn’t have Biden on for a long, long time and so I had to call them out on it. I called them out and their marketing people called me back.

COLBERT: What did they say? Like did they–

LEGUIZAMO: They said “it’s not true. You know, we are not really – we are doing everything we can to be nonpartisan,” but I’m like, “I’m like, yo, how are you doing all these things that are not — that are leaning very MAGA? So, you need to be non-partial. Otherwise, I’m going to call you out again.”

So I won’t be on Univision. I won’t be. They have the highest rated Spanish-language shows, so I won’t be on [speaks Spanish].

COLBERT: What do you want to explore with the show? Like, what’s it about?

LEGUIZAMO: I’m looking at Latinx lenses all across America and I find it an embarrassment of riches. You know, we are in every city in America. We’ve been here since, at least 1492, and before that and you know, from Mississippi to the Pacific was all Mexico until 1840, so we’re everywhere and doing incredible things. I’m meeting politicians, grassroots organizers, chefs who are James Beard nominees and winners. I’m eating the best freaking food you’ve ever had and gaining pounds and I don’t give a—”

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