Taylor Swift redid the song in 2021 for Fearless (Taylor's Version
), her re-recording of her 2008 album. When she appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
to discuss the record, the late night personality questioned whether "Hey Stephen" was written about him, which Swift denied. "It's just the power of music," she said, adding, "Don't flatter yourself."
Swift continued the sketch holding up a mood board covered in pictures of Colbert's face that she claimed originally inspired the song, Finally, she jokingly revealed that she'd actually penned the tune about novelist Stephen King.