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Why We'll Really Miss 'The Colbert Report'

Yesterday's announcement that Stephen Colbert will succeed David Letterman as the new host of Late Show came surprisingly fast. Letterman's retirement news came out last week, but considering the wild success of The Colbert Report over the past decade, it makes sense that CBS would want to pounce on the Comedy Central host to lead their flagship late night show into a new era. While Colbert's promotion is undoubtedly deserved, Comedy Central made an announcement yesterday that was pretty damn sobering if you're a diehard Colbert Report fan: "We look forward to the next eight months of the groundbreaking Colbert Report and wish Stephen the very best." At [...]

CBS Announces Stephen Colbert Will Take Over for Letterman

CBS announced today that Stephen Colbert, longtime host of The Colbert Report, will take over for David Letterman as host of the network's 11:35pm program Late Show in 2015. Letterman announced last week that he will be retiring sometime next year though a transition date has not yet been set. Colbert will become Late Show's second host; Letterman originated the series in 1993. Colbert has signed a five-year agreement to host the show for CBS. "I'm thrilled and grateful that CBS chose me," Colbert said in a statement. "Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go grind a gap in my front teeth."

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Stephen Colbert Debuts the Royalty-Free New National Birthday Anthem

The "Happy Birthday" song celebrated its own birthday this week, turning 90 years old. Stephen Colbert wanted to sing "Happy Birthday" to "Happy Birthday," but due to the tight restrictions by Warner Bros. — which makes millions every year off "Happy Birthday" song royalties — Colbert was left with no choice but to create a new royalty-free national birthday anthem, which is a lot catchier and more patriotic than the old one.

Colbert Explores the National Gumby Theft Conspiracy

All around America, a great injustice has been taking place: huge sculptures of Gumby are being coldheartedly stolen from front yards by a possible "serial Gumby abductor." Last night, Colbert reached out to some of the victims and began to connect the dots of this tragic mystery.

Buddy Cole Grooms the US Mens Speedskating Team for Colbert

Acting as Stephen's eyes, ears, and dependable man's man, Scott Thompson continued his Buddy Cole Olympics coverage last night by visiting the US Olympic training facilities in Utah and prepping the speedskating team for the most gay-free Olympics presentation possible. Fanny packs, Crocs, and Dockers are involved.

'The Daily Show' and 'The Colbert Report' React to the 'Late Show' News

Here's a clip from the beginning of last night's Daily Show, where Stewart plays a vintage Colbert clip then wishes him the best on his new Late Show gig next year: "The exciting news today is I no longer need a cable subscription for the privilege of watching Stephen Colbert." Click through for Colbert's short but sweet opening dedication to Letterman — apparently Colbert doesn't know that the real Colbert is replacing him yet.

Report: Stephen Colbert Is CBS's Top Choice to Take Over for Letterman, and He Wants to Do It

As you've probably heard, David Letterman announced he's retiring from late night in 2015, and succession talk started the second that was announced. Mashable reports today that Stephen Colbert is CBS's top choice to take over Late Show in 2015 and that he is interested in the job, according to their anonymous sources in both Colbert's camp and at CBS. The report says that Colbert hasn't had any formal negotiations with the network and has no agreement in place but that he had engaged with CBS execs about the job prior to Letterman announcing his retirement. "We’re not commenting on any rumors or speculation about succession," a CBS [...]

Fox News Anchor Howard Kurtz Says He's Going to "Take On" Stephen Colbert, Somehow

Fox News anchor Howard Kurtz, who hosts the weekly media criticism show Media Buzz, is really mad at Stephen Colbert, and he seems to be confused about whether Colbert is a real journalist or not.

Basically, Kurtz did a report on whether Hillary Clinton is too old to run for PresidentThe Colbert Report played the clip and Stephen Colbert made fun of him for asking the question and the way he asked it. Kurtz is upset they didn't play his whole segment, claiming his work was taken out of context, but the best part is the baffling Colbert attack Kurtz wrote for Fox News Insider today about [...]

Why 'The Colbert Report' Should Use Correspondents More Often

Last week, comedian Scott Thompson made an appearance on The Colbert Report as his Kids in the Hall character Buddy Cole. Cole, a gay socialite prone to long rants, popped up as Colbert's Sochi Winter Olympics correspondent to cover Russia's anti-gay laws. His appearance was well-received, both with the live audience and online, and Thompson has since appeared two more times as that character. It's an interesting move for the show, not just because it's the return of a beloved sketch comedy character but because The Colbert Report hasn't used a recurring character correspondent in a long time.

Watch Scott Thompson as Buddy Cole on Last Night's 'Colbert Report'

One of the greatest characters to come out of The Kids in the Hall is no doubt Scott Thompson's fabulous gay bar frequenter Buddy Cole, who made a surprise appearance on last night's Colbert Report as Stephen's longtime producer and former theater camp attendee. Buddy was on hand to discuss Russia's anti-gay laws and interviewed openly gay Ambassador Daniel Baer about how to safely visit the country; watch the "From Russia With Love (But No Gay Stuff)" segment above.

Comedy Central's Four Main Choices for the 11:30 Timeslot

Today's big news that Stephen Colbert is taking over for David Letterman as host of CBS's Late Show in 2015 is causing the usual domino effect that a late night host jumping shows usually does, but the line of succession for Colbert's soon-to-be-vacated slot at Comedy Central isn't as clear and obvious as NBC and CBS's recent late night changes. The Colbert Report isn't a franchise. In addition to his persona and comedic voice being so thoroughly ingrained into the fabric of the show, his name is also built into the title instead of having the "______ with ______" title format that makes for smooth changeovers for other late [...]

Stephen Colbert Fires Back at #CancelColbert, Deletes @ColbertReport

On last night's show, Colbert finally got the chance to address the #CancelColbert Twitter blowup that happened last week through a new "Who's Attacking Me Now?" segment, where he pointed out that the show has made countless segments that, when quoted out of context, are extremely offensive, including the animated KKK-themed "Laser Klan" installment he ran during Black History Month that nobody seemed to complain about. Coincidentally, Twitter co-founder Biz Stone was last night's guest and was on hand to flip the kill switch on the show's official Twitter account, which is either a temporary April Fool's move or a rightful end to whatever social media team [...]

Colbert Airs Another "Laser Klan" Segment Against Viacom's Wishes

Don't ever tell Stephen Colbert what not to do, especially if it's airing a KKK-themed cartoon segment during Black History Month. Despite Viacom's pleas against the segment — which Colbert read on air — he went ahead and showed the newest installment of "Laser Klan" anyway featuring the voices of Amy Sedaris, Wyatt Cenac, Colbert, and more.

Buddy Cole Gets as Close to Sochi as Possible for 'The Colbert Report'

Scott Thompson's Sochi Olympics coverage as Buddy Cole continued in a third segment on last night's Colbert Report (watch the previous installments here and here), and it's the best one yet. Cole sports an enormous fur coat and attempts to combat the "rampant gay propagandizing" in Sochi, or at least as close to Sochi as he is legally allowed. Come for the Buddy Cole, stay for the Nervous Producer Cam when Russian cops approach Buddy and crew to inform them that they can't protest without the government's permission.