Twitter's Reaction To Stephen Colbert's New Late Show Gig

"The Colbert Report" Salutes The Troops

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.