A Children’s Treasury Of Reactions To CBS Declaring Stephen Colbert Pope Of Late Night

A Children's Treasury Of Reactions To CBS Declaring Stephen Colbert Pope Of Late NightIt looks like almost everyone on Twitter is congratulating Stephen Colbert on his being chosen to take over David Letterman’s Late Show, except for a few people who are surprised-not-surprised that the job went to a middle-aged white guy, and a few conservatives who are now going to boycott The Late Show because they had somehow forgotten to boycott it a few years ago when everyone in the Wingnuttosphere deliberately twisted a joke Letterman made. But for the most part people are happy, although some have a sad because it also means that the “Stephen Colbert” character will be leaving Comedy Central. Then again, that is just a character played by Stephen Colbert, so it’s possible that someone else could take over the role. How about Dick Sargent?

Let’s lead off with Mr. Colbert’s own statement, which is as gracious as you’d expect:

“Simply being a guest on David Letterman’s show has been a highlight of my career. I never dreamed that I would follow in his footsteps, though everyone in late night follows Dave’s lead. … Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go grind a gap in my front teeth.”

Seriously, we have a hard time believing that anyone who isn’t Bill O’Reilly doesn’t like Stephen Colbert the guy; if you’ve ever listened to any of Terry Gross’s Fresh Air interviews, he just seems like he’s about the most ridiculously likeable person you could ever meet. If you haven’t listened to any of those, give ’em a listen — Gross’s show is one of the few venues where Colbert regularly breaks character, as in this 2005 interview, shortly after the debut of The Colbert Report.

Want more out-of-character Colbert? Take a look at this piece by Josh Marshall at Talking Points Memo, where Colbert briefly drops the character to prep John Kerry for a 2007 appearance on the show:

“You know that I’m in character?”

“Yes.”

“OK, then I’m an idiot.”

Yesterday, before the official announcement, Jon Stewart told Vulture that he thought Colbert would be “amazing” for the Late Show job, and said that it would give him the chance to really show off what he can do:

“He is a uniquely talented individual,” Stewart said. “He’s wonderful in Colbert Report, but he’s got gears he hasn’t even shown people yet. He would be remarkable.”

Jimmy Fallon sent a tweet offering support to his new competitor (and honestly, there’s another guy who I don’t think has a mean bone in his body; it’s kind of scary how decent he seems), but suggests a minor change to help him fit into the time slot:

fallon tweet colbert

And of course, there were a few negative nellies, like Albert Merrick at feculent crudweasel Ben Shapiro’s RevoltingTruthiness, who suggested that Colbert lied about the tweet that launched the #CancelColbert nontroversy. Colbert had explained that the account was (mis)managed by Comedy Central, but Merrick has a smoking gun, he does:

Recently, a tweet about Asians sent from Colbert’s verified twitter account [Emphasis added — Dok Z] caused the hashtag #cancelcolbert to trend because of its offensive nature:

I am willing to show #Asian community I care by introducing the Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever.—

Colbert said he was not responsible for the tweet, not aware of the identity of its author.

Jim Hoft, the Stupidest Man on the Internet, also griped about the effrontery of Colbert’s 2010 “Rally to Restore Sanity,” which “mock[ed] the Tea Party” — apparently something that must not be done. And in true Gateway Pundit style, Hoft even got that bit wrong — Jon Stewart proposed the “Rally to Restore Sanity,” while Colbert responded by calling for a “March to Keep Fear Alive.” Yes, yes, the combined event was the “Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear,” and the whole thing was a spoof of Glenn Beck’s Rally to Restore America. Also, Hoft repeats the claim that Colbert “offended Asian-Americans with a racist tweet.” And then Hoft went back to posting stories about how Muslims are all murderous fanatics.

And finally, Rush Limbaugh got in on the act, proclaiming that in choosing Colbert for the Late Night job, “CBS Has Just Declared War on the Heartland of America”:

“No longer is comedy going to be a covert assault on traditional American values, conservatives––now it’s just going to be wide out in the open. What this hire means is a redefinition of what is funny and a redefinition of what is comedy.”

We thought that Rush Limbaugh had already taken care of “redefining what is comedy” back in 1988 when he explained that

“Feminism was established so as to allow unattractive women access to the mainstream of society.”

OK, so maybe some people genuinely don’t like Stephen Colbert. We don’t think we’d want to invite them to lunch anyway.

Let’s close with the suggestion we liked best, from Jezebel editor Erin Gloria Ryan:
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That would actually be rather sweet, we think.

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  • Cindyinencinitas

    I’m wondering what it’s going to be like to see Stephen the guy night after night. What is he like, anyway? I’m sure he’s funny, but is he as funny as his character?

    • Connie Jennings

      I loved hsi interview segments when he nerds out and you can see authentic Stephen’s joy in the topic – say LOTR for example.

  • Connie Jennings

    I’m excited to see the rest of his ‘gears’.

    • EmmettGrogan

      I’m 59 y.o. and happy to see ANYONE’S “gears”.

  • Daniel P

    Wither Mr. Ferguson?

    • NDeeeZ

      His contract had a first-right-of-refusal, so presumably he turned it down (not likely) or was bought out…

    • Vienna Woods

      I want Craig staying right where he is. 12:30 gives him the freedom to be crazy.

      • Haribo Lector

        Because no one’s watching?

  • elpinche

    Great post. I’ve never seen that behind-the-scenes viddy before.

  • Homestar

    I love his interviews with Terry Gross. He is incredibly smart, articulate, and gracious, as well as funny. I think he will be a natural and I’m excited to get to know the actual Colbert. I will probably cry that the Colbert Report is over, but we’ll always have roller Colbert/Cranston.

  • I just watched his Correspondent’s Dinner speech again at some website and man, that guy! BRASS BALLS is what he’s got! It is so unusual to see anyone in the media with courage. I mean other than Doktor Zoom

  • glennisw

    It’s actually silly that they’re outraged, because when he goes mainstream he will be less political than he is now – that’s just the way the role of late night talk show host is. I love me some Steven, but I will miss his liberal bias.

  • Tim St Pierre

    Er um Dick Sargent died in 1994. Just saying.

  • Eddie_Merkin

    I can’t wait for the first time Jon Stewart is on Colbert’s new show.

  • I’ve always wanted to meet Colbert, in person not in persona, ever since I saw him do an incredibly adorable interview with his 9 year old daughter playing the part of a big oil company stonewalling Colbert as a reporter. It was brilliant and so very warm and funny.

  • gullywompr

    Turns out that the majority of hate-tweets today were actually from Seth Meyers.

  • dsmith

    Limbaugh sounds like he’s getting his maid to score drugs for him again.