Latest media on the subject:

• CBS ANNOUNCES STEPHEN COLBERT AS THE NEXT HOST OF “THE LATE SHOW” (CBS Press Release)

• Colbert to Succeed Letterman on ‘Late Show’ (NYT)

• Jon Stewart: Stephen Colbert ‘would be remarkable’ for David Letterman’s ‘Late Show’ replacement (Daily News)

• Stephen Colbert to replace David Letterman on “Late Show” (CBS)

• Stephen Colbert to Replace David Letterman (Variety)

• Why Is Bill O’Reilly Trying to Get Stephen Colbert David Letterman’s Job? (Time)

• Could Stephen Colbert ‘break character’ to host CBS’s ‘Late Show?’ (Newsday)

A little history for you young’uns:

In one of the ballsiest comic stunts ever pulled in Washington, comedian Stephen Colbert delivered a blistering “tribute” to President Bush at the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner. It was so edgy and uncomfortable that it was almost too hard to watch, as a cold-faced and stunned Bush sat just a few feet away with the look of someone who had just been ambushed.

Acting the part of the faux conservative talk show host that he plays on Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report, Colbert spoke truthiness to power as he leveled an all-out assault on Bush under the guise of mock praise. He lampooned Bush over everything from his low approval ratings to his handling of Iraq to his vaunted stubbornness — and got in a few shots at the Washington press corps as well.

 

 

Category: Humor, Weekend

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17 Responses to “Colbert To Replace David Letterman”

  1. RC says:

    I am a huge Colbert fan!!! But firmly believe that the Bush Correspondents Dinner “performance” of Colbert was in bad taste.

    • Clif Brown says:

      A man can, if he has the top job, create chaos in distant lands, send off an army of young people to death and being maimed, lie as he pleases to those who elected him, then retire to a life of comfort and wealth with a library honoring his name, confident that he will be shielded from all responsibility by his successor. Along the way, he is forced to sit and hear a description of his work, with no ability to stop it, but only if it is done under the protection of comedy. What are we to think of this? We are asked to condemn the comedian.

      • RC says:

        The “protection of comedy” is precisely why I felt the comment was in bad taste. Colbert’s act was perceived as some sort of valiant “fight” or an act of “sticking it to the man” but Colbert knew going in that he cant be touched because of his comic license.

        Also, what Colbert ended up doing was to make Bush look like some sort of medieval king who on his whim alone went to war. The fact is that a pliant almost cheer leading media, think tanks with vested interests, Israeli lobbies, religious groups, and many Democrats all contributed towards this most shameless and atrocious act of aggression.

        Colbert had a great platform that he used it well and took all of the contributors towards Iraq war to task. He did not need to do what he did at the correspondents dinner. That event, as a long time Colbert fan (someone who still watches re-runs of Colbert’s old appearance of the Daily show) was painful to watch.

  2. WH says:

    As an immigrant to this country, I have to say that this type of event is something that makes this country great…freedom of speech… in no other country will you be around long after lambasting a president (or someone else with power). There are rules of course, around freedom of speech, but people’s ability to to listen to another view/opinion in a civil manner, is sadly, but slowly fading away. http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2014/04/the-culture-of-shut-up/360239/

  3. BennyProfane says:

    I wonder who his band leader will be.

  4. gman says:

    Never forget how courageous it was to say what he said at that time.

    “The novel about the intrepid White House reporter who stands up to power..you know ..FICTION”.

  5. theexpertisin says:

    I’ll bet that Colbert had no fear that he would have been audited or trashed in the media for his presentation during the Bush administration.

    Today, personalities face a different fate.

  6. NoKidding says:

    Would he perform the same service for the current administration. How much of the content would have to change?

  7. whskyjack says:

    LOL
    I agree, Colbert was in bad taste. Which is what made it so friggin good and if you don’t understand that then you don’t get Colbert.
    So question can Colbert move to CBS and still stay Colbert. After all he is not just any standup spouting jokes

    Jack

  8. Molesworth says:

    Is he going to change his first name to Jimmy?

    Band Leader? I vote for Cary Brownstein. Just have to pry her out of Portland.

  9. Concerned Neighbour says:

    It may have been poor taste, but it was certainly good form. Colbert did what very few in the media are willing to do: tell it like it is. I won’t fault a man for speaking the truth to power. Besides, it was hilarious. Whoever hired him, however, clearly did not do their due diligence.

    I’m a big fan of Colbert, but I think this gig is likely a mistake. His on-air persona will not fly with a lot of the country, and if the plan is for him to go au naturel that’s a risk that could backfire as so many only know him for the former. I wish him the best of luck in either case.

  10. thomas hudson says:

    love colbert, and i hope he transitions well. this is a pretty big step for him. i also agree that the video above was a little too edgy and inappropriate for the venue. but that is me, and i understand how it would be more well received by others. more importantly, we are blessed to live in a country where he could get away with that. might that always be true…..

  11. Biffah Bacon says:

    @ theexpertisin
    Just like the Dixie Chicks, right?
    Colbert has been awesome a long time; while I’ll miss the Report, he’s been doing that shtick for over ten years.

  12. Willy2 says:

    This was the Rush Limbaugh’s response to the news:
    “CBS Has Just Declared War On The Heartland Of America” By Replacing Letterman With Colbert”

    http://mediamatters.org/video/2014/04/10/rush-cbs-has-just-declared-war-on-the-heartland/198837

    • BennyProfane says:

      Ahhahahaha…..jealous, there, fat man? Still doing your tired schtick on….ahahahaha… am radio after all this time. And, it is a schtick, you know. Just ask Howard, the guy he stole most of it from.

  13. ruthie says:

    Does anyone else think we should hold our president to a higher standard than we do our comedians? Remember Bush’s missing WMD joke at one of his correspondent’s dinners? I am sure that was especially funny to anyone who had a family member injured or killed in that fiasco.

  14. GoBigRed says:

    I wasn’t the only one in my office that was upset by this; I’d rather have the Colbert Report to watch – let someone else interview celebrities.