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Maurice Sendak gives lively interview on "The Colbert Report"

Author/illustrator Maurice Sendak on "The Colbert Report" Comedy Central

(CBS) Author and illustrator Maurice Sendak, best known for his popular book "Where The Wild Things Are," appeared on Tuesday night's episode of "The Colbert Report" matching the show's host Stephen Colbert comedic interview tit for tat in a segment called "Grim Colberty Tales."

While most guests on the late night show can't keep up with Colbert's comedy interviews, the 83-year-old Sendak gave Colbert a run for his money.

In the interview Sendak and Colbert discussed a wide variety of topics including children. Colbert referred to children as moochers, quoting Newt Gingrich, while Sendak called Gingrich "an idiot of great renown" and "hopelessly gross and vile."

Sendak also explained while children enjoy his books, he didn't set out to write for children. "I write, and someone says, 'Oh that's for children.'" Sendak also tells Colbert, "I like them [children] as few and far between as I like adults...Maybe a bit more because I really don't like adults at all."

Later in the interview Colbert suggested to Sendak that he should make a sequel to "Where The Wild Things Are" called "Where The Wild Things Are 2: Still Wildin'" starring Vin Diesel. Sendak gave Colbert his blessing but said, "it has to be as bad as that looks like it is."

The second half of Colbert's interview with the author/illustrator airs tonight on "The Colbert Report" at 11:30 p.m. Sendak is on the show to promote his latest book "Bumble-Ardy."

Click here to watch the Sendak's segment on "The Colbert Report."

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