Why All the Venom for Stephen Colbert?

colbertFrom the amount of hate expressed online, it appears clear that conservative-minded viewers think that when Stephen Colbert takes over LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN, he’s going to turn it into THE COLBERT REPORT ON A BROADCAST NETWORK.

Relax, Fox News. Take a chill pill, Rush Limbaugh (on second thought, Rush, stay away from pills!). The Stephen Colbert who appears on THE COLBERT REPORT is a fictional character; he’s not real, he’s a fabrication. Think of it this way: That Stephen Colbert would fit perfectly into the fantasyland where most GOP politicians think they live.

In other words: No connection to the real world.

When Colbert takes over for the master sometime next year, he will be hosting the show as himself, a “persona” that has not really been seen publicly in years. By all accounts, the real Colbert is a fun and affable person. He certainly has the proper amount of respect for the genre. In a statement, Colbert said:

“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. I’m thrilled and grateful that CBS chose me. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go grind a gap in my front teeth.”

Colbert has reportedly signed a five-year deal to fill Letterman’s seat.

Personally, I was pulling for Craig Ferguson to take over for his mentor — and all the pieces seemed to be in place when Craig signed his last contract extension, which expires the same time as Dave’s. But, alas, as often happens in late night, the unexpected happened. Now what will happen to Craig and his brilliant LATE LATE SHOW?

I am of two minds about Colbert’s crowning: On the one hand, I am disappointed that this promotion means an end to the hilarious THE COLBERT REPORT. On the other hand, this is a much larger stage for Colbert, and a fitting reward for all his years of hard work and dedication to comedy. Believe me, it’s very difficult to parody something that is practically a parody itself. And the current conservative wing of the USA moves farther into parody every day. Just consider what radio blowhard Limbaugh said about CBS choosing Dave’s successor:

“CBS has just declared war on the heartland of America.”

I’d tell Rush to calm down and listen to reason, but I’m certain he’d rather listen to a Colbert marathon.

2 thoughts on “Why All the Venom for Stephen Colbert?

    • I agree. A missed opportunity for CBS. I wonder if Craig will stick around when his contract is up in 2015, or feel like he must move on after being snubbed.

      It’s ironic that Dave was Johnny Carson’s preferred successor but got screwed, and now Dave’s own protege (Worldwide Pants owns Craig’s show) has been passed over.


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