Stephen Colbert calls out John Oliver’s suddenly gray hair: ‘You’re decaying’

Never debut a new look at “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.” A more salt than pepper John Oliver learned that important lesson on Monday night.

“I know your work is incredibly hard, because look at what it’s doing to you,” Colbert greeted his suddenly gray guest. “You’re decaying. You’re decaying before our very eyes.”

“You had jet-black hair the last time I saw you,” the CBS host continued. “You looked like you were in a K-Pop band the last time I saw you.”

That latter punchline is a callback to Oliver’s opening joke of the panel segment. The entire visit between the two who got their start at Comedy Central’s “Daily Show” is worth a watch.

“The key thing with decaying is not to start from a particularly attractive point,” Oliver quipped back. “That really knocks the edge off.”

“When you just salt-and-pepper this up a bit, [people] go, ‘Oh, I guess he’s just more tired than he was before,'” the HBO personality continued. “‘He always seemed exhausted, even when he had no reason to be.'”

Colbert tried to make things OK between the two friends, saying Oliver looks “very distinguished.” Sure.

Watch the video above.

Season 6 of Oliver’s “Last Week Tonight” starts Sunday at 11/10c on HBO.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: John Oliver (L) and Kate Norley arrive at HBO's Post Emmy Awards Reception at the Plaza at the Pacific Design Center on September 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: 70th ANNUAL PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS -- Pictured: TV Personality John Oliver (L) and Kate Norley arrives to the 70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2018. NUP_184218 (Photo by Todd Williamson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: John Oliver (L) and Kate Norley attends the 70th Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 27: TV personality John Oliver and Kate Norley attend the Clive Davis and Recording Academy Pre-GRAMMY Gala and GRAMMY Salute to Industry Icons Honoring Jay-Z on January 27, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for NARAS)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 27: Kate Norley and John Oliver attend the 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' Season 9 premiere at SVA Theater on September 27, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jimi Celeste/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 27: Kate Norley and TV host John Oliver attend the 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' season 9 premiere at SVA Theater on September 27, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Pont/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: (L-R) Comedian John Oliver and wife Kate Norley attend HBO's Post Emmy Awards Reception at The Plaza at the Pacific Design Center on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Barry King/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: John Oliver and Kate Norley attend the HBO's Official 2017 Emmy After Party at The Plaza at the Pacific Design Center on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 02: John Oliver, Kate Norley and Mark Messier attend Ottawa Senators Vs. New York Rangers 2017 Playoffs Game 3 at Madison Square Garden on May 2, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by GED/NHL/Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE WITH ANDY COHEN -- Pictured (l-r): John Oliver and Kate Norley -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: John Oliver and Kate Norley attend HBO's Post Emmy Awards Reception at The Plaza at the Pacific Design Center on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Araya Diaz/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 22: Kate Norley and John Oliver attend Comedians 'Stand Up' for Scleroderma at Cool Comedy - Hot Cuisine at Caroline's On Broadway on October 22, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Shawn Ehlers/Getty Images for Scleroderma Research Foundation)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 06: John Oliver (L) and wife Kate Norley attend the 'Girls' season three premiere at Jazz at Lincoln Center on January 6, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28: John Oliver and Kate Norley attend The Comedy Awards 2012 at Hammerstein Ballroom on April 28, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/WireImage)
John Oliver and Kate Norley attend(s) The 2010 WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT'S DINNER - ARRIVALS at The Washington Hilton on May 1st, 2010 in Washington, DC. (Photo by CLINT SPAULDING/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
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