Stephen Colbert Interviews Eminem on Michigan Public-Access TV Show

Stephen Colbert has temporarily taken over a public-access TV show in southeastern Michigan in an episode that featured rapper Eminem.

Colbert hosted the latest episode of "Only in Monroe," which airs in the community of about 21,000 people. He talked with Detroit native Eminem in a lengthy segment, calling him by his given name, Marshall Mathers.

"Thanks for having me," the rapper said as he shook hands with his host as if there was nothing out of the ordinary about this sit-down, which starts at the 22 minute mark in the above video.

Discussed topics ranged from traffic and flooding to Bob Seger and politics in rap music.

"Are you political, because a lot of rap is really political and a lot of it is just good booty rhymes," Colbert wondered. "Are you more political or more booty rhymes?"

"In the middle?" Eminem answered. "Right in the crack, probably."

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I was there, on Monroe public access television, with The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Posted by Eminem on Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Colbert also chatted with the show's regular hosts, challenging one to a nail-painting race.

The Detroit Free Press reports the 41-minute episode was filmed Tuesday. It premiered at midnight Wednesday on local TV and was later posted on YouTube.

Program director Lance Sottile tells the newspaper they were "really happy" Colbert could fill in for the regular hosts.

Colbert used to host "The Colbert Report" on Comedy Central. He's stepping into CBS' late-night slot long occupied by David Letterman.

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