On Monday’s episode of the late-night show, host Stephen Colbert took it upon himself to parody the swimmer’s interview with Today‘s Matt Lauer – Lochte’s first sit-down TV interview after authorities accused him of fabricating his robbery story.
Using craftily-edited footage of the interview, Colbert put himself in Lauer’s position to try to get to the bottom of the incident.
“Ryan, thank you for sitting down with me,” Colbert said. “What’s it been like for you since this scandal about your alleged robbery in Rio broke?”
“I mean, since everything that’s happened, I’ve kind of been laying low,” Lochte responded.
“You want to lay low, television is the best place to do that,” Colbert quipped. “I want to give you a chance to clear up some things. You gave an interview with Billy Bush that claimed that while you were at a gas station in Rio, a gun was put to your forehead and cocked and you were robbed. Now you’re saying that didn’t happen?”
“That didn’t happen,” Lochte was shown saying. “And that’s why I over-exaggerated that part.”
” ‘That part?’ ” Colbert repeats. “Okay, here’s the thing: ‘That part’ is really the whole part. Without a gun cocked to your forehead, it’s really just a story about some guys urinating on a gas station. How could you get that so wrong?”
“I was intoxicated.”
“Okay,” Colbert said. “But on Sunday, after you told that story to Billy Bush, it was hours after the incident.”
“I was still intoxicated.”
“But then on Wednesday, you told Matt Lauer again that you were robbed. That was another three days later,” Colbert continued.
“I was very intoxicated.”
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As for how he would describe the Ryan Lochte we can expect to see at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo if the swimmer isn’t banned from competing?
Well, you can probably guess Lochte’s answer, according to Colbert.
Watch the full clip above.
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert airs weeknights (11:35 p.m. ET) on CBS.