08/05/2014 10:49 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Stephen Colbert Goes Full Retro For 40th Anniversary Of Richard Nixon's Resignation

Mutton chops? Check.

Cigarettes? Check.

Ridiculously large-framed glasses? Check.

Stephen Colbert pulled out all the '70s stops on Monday for an episode dedicated entirely to commemorating the 40th anniversary of President Richard Nixon's resignation.

After a brief introductory segment outlining the highlights of what he -- and only he -- refers to as Watergate Gate™, the host transitioned into the retro-themed and ample-titled, "The Colbert Report Special Report: Scandal At The White House: A Nation Betrayed – A Fond Look Back '74."

Newly outfitted with the aforementioned chops, glasses and ever-present cigarettes, Colbert reported on the Watergate break-in, then interviewed two people who had been close to Nixon during his presidency, Pat Buchanan and John Dean.

We're not sure what surprised us most: realizing once again that newscasters used to chain smoke on air, or hearing Pat Buchanan unapologetically admit he thinks Nixon should have destroyed the tapes before they got out.



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