Former White House comms chief also says there was 'no love lost' between him and Reince Priebus

By Oliver Gettell
Updated August 15, 2017 at 07:37 AM EDT

In his first late-night appearance since being fired, former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci told Stephen Colbert that if he had his druthers, chief strategist Steve Bannon would be ousted from the Trump administration.

Stopping by The Late Show Monday, the Mooch was asked point blank if he thought Bannon was a leaker and replied, “I said he was. And I obviously got caught on tape saying he was, so I have no problem saying that.”

Colbert then asked if Scaramucci thought Bannon would be “gone in a week.”

“That’s up to the president,” the former Wall Street financier said. “Well, if it was up to me he would be gone. But it’s not up to me.”

Scaramucci also acknowledged to Colbert “there was no love lost” between him and Reince Priebus, Trump’s recently axed chief of staff.

Scaramucci’s comments should come as no surprise considering he previously blasted both Bannon and Priebus during a profane rant to New Yorker reporter Ryan Lizza, an episode that precipitated his dismissal.

Before the episode aired, Scaramucci tweeted a photo (above) of his chat with the host, saying he “went into the Lion’s Den” with Colbert and “came out w/ a few scratches by still standing,” adding that he appreciated the chance to sit down on the late-night show.

Earlier Monday, Scaramucci shared an upbeat selfie from outside the Late Show guest bathroom, adding the caption, “It’s not where you’ve been. It’s where you are going.”

It seemed a fitting place for a photo opp a day after Scaramucci said of his firing, “I wish they would’ve given me a bar of soap and told me to go wash my mouth out in the bathroom and move on.” But he added, “My feeling about the whole thing is that what happened was sort of meant to happen.”

The Late Show airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. ET on CBS.


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