After speculating about who would take Letterman's place when he retired in 2015 for what seemed like forever (about a week) CBS announced that Stephen Colbert would be leaving Comedy Central to host the Late Show.
Colbert has been in the news a lot recently after a controversial tweet was sent out from The Colbert Report's official twitter account two weeks ago. The tweet, when taken out of context of a much longer comedy bit, appeared to be racist so some twitter users immediately started a #CancelColbert campaign that got everybody on both sides fired up.
The tweet as posted on March 27th and was quickly deleted.
"I am willing to show #Asian community I care by introducing the Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever.— The Colbert Report (@ColbertReport)"
It referenced a satirical Asian caricature that Colbert assumed in a segment about the Redskins which by the way he has used in the past. In the moment, many saw the tweet the way it was intended, as satire, but many were very offended and, like we said, the hashtag #CancelColbert spread quickly.
So yesterday, when it was announced that Stephen Colbert was leaving The Colbert Report to host the Late Show in 2015, it was as if comedians everywhere thought of the exact same joke and the exact same time and then...tweeted it.
Good to see Stephen Colbert taking up the #CancelColbert movement by moving to CBS. Finally, JUSTICE.— Mike Roe (@MikeRoe) April 10, 2014
Looks like #CancelColbert worked.— Ross Everett (@TheRossEverett) April 10, 2014
So, in a sense, I guess #CancelColbert worked.— Brendan Hay (@B_Hay) April 10, 2014
So, with Stephen Colbert moving to The Late Show, doesn't this technically mean that #CancelColbert wins?— Scott Free (@scottfreeactor) April 11, 2014
Looks like the #cancelcolbert people got their way.— Michael Ian Black (@michaelianblack) April 10, 2014
i was at a thing, did i miss all the #CancelColbert jokes?— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) April 10, 2014
Dear everybody, yes we know the "breaking news" & yes, we all got the #CancelColbert joke. Thank you.— Nobody's Business (@ocularnervosa) April 10, 2014
Sad to see that the #CancelColbert movement worked and The Colbert Report will be off the air next year.
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