Colbert Learns The Deeply Personal Reason A ‘Fat Bear’ Was Named For Him

The "Late Show" host went silent for nearly 20 seconds after learning the answer.

Stephen Colbert celebrated Alaska’s “Fat Bear Week” winner, 480 Otis, who’s now a four-time champion in the online contest run by Katmai National Park.

But the “The Late Show” host also noticed another bear that had been in the running: 747, aka “Colbert,” who won last year.

“I can’t wait to learn why this bear was named after me!” Colbert said. “Is it because we’re both fierce? Is it because we both eat our weight in salmon? What could it be?”

The answer was neither ― and left Colbert (the host, not the bear) in mock silence for more than 20 seconds: