Stephen Colbert thanks Trump as he preps for live election night special

Colbert on election night show

The latest CBS News/New York Times poll shows 82 percent of registered voters say they feel disgusted by the 2016 campaigns.

“That’s a little low,” “Late Show” host Stephen Colbert joked Friday on “CBS This Morning.” “Who’s excited? Pyromaniacs. People who want to see the whole thing burn down.”

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Colbert, who has been putting his signature satirical spin on this year’s presidential race, is preparing for a live election night special on Tuesday called “Democracy’s Series Finale: Who’s Going to Clean Up This Sh*t?” which will air on Showtime.

The former “Colbert Report” host said the voters’ disgust makes his job easier because “everybody’s waiting for the boil to be lanced.”

“I’ve never seen a more emotional election, in a negative sense, I guess,” Colbert said, adding, “The Obama election was emotional, but that was fairly positive.”

In the move from his Comedy Central show, where he played a conservative pundit-type character, to “The Late Show” on CBS, Colbert said he wondered whether he would be reviving his old character if he talked about politics all the time.

“But it took me a little while to realize that -- no, no, no, because A, you should just go with whatever you’re interested in, and I consume this stuff all the time. And I have to thank Donald Trump because he became an unescapable black hole of both politics and entertainment at the same time and he led me back into the fold,” Colbert said.

For the election night show, Colbert teased that they will have a surprise guest who will be a spokesman for the commercials they’ve created for the broadcast. 

Tune in to “Democracy’s Series Finale: Who’s Going to Clean Up This Sh*t?” Tuesday, Nov. 8, 11 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. PT on Showtime.