Former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci
appeared on CBS’ “Late Show with Stephen Colbert” Monday to
discuss his unexpected departure from President Donald Trump’s
During the show, Colbert showed a photo of Scaramucci and former
White House chief of staff Reince Priebus, who also left the
administration amid loud rumors he and Scaramucci were not
That feud reached a boiling point last month when Scaramucci
accused Priebus of leaking information on the inner workings of
the White House in a profanity-laced tirade captured during
an interview with the
New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza.
“Were you brought in just to get rid of [Reince Priebus] and Sean
Spicer,” Colbert asked.
Scaramucci began: “I don’t wanna say it that way. I would say —”
“Say it like The Mooch, say it like The Mooch,” Colbert chided.
“Give me some Mooch, give me some Mooch, here.”
“So The Mooch [of] Long Island would say there was no love lost
there,” Scaramucci said, amid a raucous applause. “Obviously,
look at the picture.”
“The weird thing about my relationship with Reince is we were
actually pretty good friends when I was a political donor writing
checks to the [Republican National Committee],” Scaramucci said.
“But once I became part of the administration or was about to
enter the administration, for whatever reason, it was a little
Colbert pressed Scaramucci on his thoughts toward White House
chief strategist Steve Bannon, who Scaramucci has publicly criticized
in recent days.
“Is Steve Bannon a leaker,” asked Colbert.
“I said he was, and I obviously got caught on tape saying he was,
so I have no problem saying that,” Scaramucci replied.
“If it was up to me, he would be gone,” continued Scaramucci.
“But it’s not up to me.”
Colbert also threw some hardball questions towards Scaramucci,
based on Trump’s initial response in
condemning the white nationalist groups connected to the violent
protests in Charlottesville, Virginia.
“Why do you think the president of the United States, who you
called, ‘the most media-savvy person of our times,’ would shank a
softball like that so hard, when he should have just come out
there and condemned the people who were there to start violence,”
“Well, I think there’s a couple issues there,” Scaramucci said.
“He should have been way harsher on that … He should have
condemned white supremacism and neo-Nazis.”
Scaramucci left his multibillion dollar investment firm in the
hopes of landing a job in the Trump administration earlier this
year. He was hired as the White House’s communications director
last month. His tenure was short-lived, however. He
was forced out 10 days later, after his explosive New Yorker
interview was published.