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Stephen Colbert, David Letterman and the History of Late-Night Torch Passing

From Steve Allen to Stephen Colbert

Stephen Colbert’s eponymous Colbert Report comes to an end Dec. 18, but the comedian who pays a faux conservative pundit isn’t leaving the airwaves. He’s dropping character and headed to CBS, where he’ll replace legendary late-night host David Letterman on the Late Show.

Here’s how other late-night hosts have passed the torch over the years.

1957, The Original Departure: Steve Allen leaves Tonight!

Steve Allen was already famous as a writer and media personality when, in June of 1953, he launched a late-night variety show for local Manhattan television. The audience was relatively small, but passionate enough that NBC decided to give him a shot in 1954 to take the show national. They called it Tonight! The rest is talk-show history.

Allen was so successful that NBC gave him a Sunday-night program, too. In order to be able to handle the work, he split hosting duties with comic Ernie Kovacs—one of late-night’s forgotten stars—but eventually that wasn’t enough help. In early 1957, Allen left to focus on his other work and NBC experimented with the time slot. Months later, when the other ideas flopped and the network went back to the old format, Allen’s replacement Jack Paar pretty much had to start from scratch. Expectations were low, but he quickly proved himself: within two years the show’s name had been changed from Tonight Starring Jack Paar to The Jack Paar Tonight Show.

1962: Paar leaves The Jack Paar Tonight Show

Before Paar officially left the show, there was a false alarm: In February of 1960, an NBC censor decided to edit out a bathroom joke before broadcasting one night’s show. Paar, incensed over not having been consulted, surprised his audience and the network by announcing on camera that he had decided to walk off in protest. After about a month without him, Paar made up with the network and returned.

Two years later, when he left for real, the situation was far less dramatic. He was going on to The Jack Paar Program, and the network decided far in advance that a young comedian named Johnny Carson would be a good replacement. Because Carson was already booked up for the summer, a series of guest hosts filled a few months of time between Paar’s departure and Carson’s arrival. Though audiences decided they liked some of the guests— Merv Griffin was a particular favorite—it soon became clear that Carson was worth waiting for. Soon, his ratings were higher than Paar’s had ever been. But the gap was not for nothing. Even though Carson’s show would officially have his name in the title, the time with no official host gave the franchise a nickname that would endure to this day: The Tonight Show.

1992: Carson leaves The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson

Thirty years passed at The Tonight Show between Johnny Carson’s arrival on stage and his final words, “I bid you a very heartfelt goodnight.” During that time, he was consistently the most successful host in the format and redefined the very meaning of the late-night show. Because Carson announced his retirement a year in advance, his final season as host was one for revisiting classic characters like Carnac the Magnificent, hosting first-time bucket-list guests like Elizabeth Taylor and making sure favorite guests got one more go-round. As TIME wrote upon the occasion of his departure, “The history of Carson’s years at the Tonight show is, to a large degree, the history of television.”

Johnny Carson was pretty much the definition of a tough act to follow. But Jay Leno clearly wanted to give it a shot nonetheless. Leno had gained notoriety as a frequent guest on Late Night with David Letterman and, as Carson retirement rumors emerged, courted the network. Though at one point Letterman would have been the favorite to replace Carson—and though Carson himself seemed to favor Letterman—the network had its eye on Leno when the time rolled around. Letterman ended up leaving NBC for CBS, setting off a long-term rivalry between the two hosts.

1993: Conan O’Brien takes over Late Night

The Simpsons writer and Harvard grad was a close-to-total unknown when NBC hired him to replace the departing David Letterman, and his ascension was far from a sure thing. O’Brien, who had written for Lorne Michaels on Saturday Night Live, was initially hired as the head writer of Late Night when Michaels took it over; Dana Carvey, SNL’s Church Lady, turned the gig down. Michaels hadn’t considered O’Brien for the on-air role at all until the redhead’s agent, a year younger even than the 30-year-old O’Brien, floated the idea.

NBC executives weren’t happy with the O’Brien pick, but they were out of options—Garry Shandling, a last alternative to the gangly O’Brien, turned down the network’s offer. It was a difficult transition, not least because NBC was incensed over Letterman bringing all of his old tricks to his new show on CBS. In the meantime, O’Brien sought to fine-tune his on camera persona, doing 10 never-broadcast warmup shows before his debut (Leno had only done two to take over from Johnny Carson). Initial reviews were tepid, but O’Brien, through hard work and continued adjustment of his persona, managed to hang on far longer than the other, far-better-known host with a new show that season: Chevy Chase.

1998: Craig Kilborn leaves The Daily Show

Craig Kilborn had been an ESPN anchor before moving to Comedy Central to fill the newsy late-night slot the network had empty after losing Politically Incorrect to ABC. He turned the new show—and its comedy-news genre, which was also pretty much new—into something worth talking about, and one of the network’s best performers. In many ways, Kilborn was the face of Comedy Central.

In fact, he did so well that within a few years he was courted by CBS to take over The Late Late Show. Comedy Central tried to keep him from leaving, going so far as to announce that even if he was no longer on the air he would not be allowed out of the contract that kept him from hosting another show. (As things worked out, Jon Stewart started at The Daily Show in January of 1999 and Kilborn had about three months off before starting at CBS.) The network eventually decided to hire Stewart to take over The Daily Show, which many saw as ironic, since Stewart had been previously talked about to take over The Late Late Show.

1999: Tom Snyder of The Late Late Show gets replaced by Craig Kilborn

Tom Snyder’s Late Late Show was among the most cerebral chat shows in memory: guests included U.S. surgeon general Joycelyn Elders. David Letterman had created the series to follow his own out of admiration for Snyder’s past work interviewing luminaries on the defunct series Tomorrow. But it wasn’t exactly ratings dynamite, and CBS hired Craig Kilborn away from Comedy Central, where he was hosting The Daily Show.

Or it tried to, at least: Comedy Central refused to release Kilborn until they could find a replacement. Reports at the time indicated progress was moving slowly, as the network’s choice turned them down. Jon Stewart eventually changed his mind.

2004: The Late Late Show’s Changing of the Craigs

CBS made a list of finalists public when Craig Kilborn left The Late Late Show: D.L. Hughley, Michael Ian Black, Damien Fahey, and eventual host Craig Ferguson. The list caused a stir at the time for its four Y chromosomes; it seemed as though any man, even if not quite famous or accomplished enough to traditionally be in contention for a late-night gig, was considered before any woman.

Either way, the four men all did test shows, and Ferguson, the least-well-known of the four (his biggest exposure had been a supporting role on The Drew Carey Show), came out on top. He ended up getting strong reviews for a show that, like Snyder’s had been, stood slightly apart from the rest of late night, focusing on spontaneous interviews that resisted talking points (as Ferguson didn’t pre-interview guests).

2009: Jimmy Fallon follows Conan O’Brien’s Late Night act

NBC had a long time to think about who’d be replacing Conan O’Brien in the 12:35 a.m. spot: His ascension to The Tonight Show was announced in 2004 but didn’t take effect until 2009. Fallon, Tina Fey’s co-anchor on Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update, had been a favorite of Late Night producer Lorne Michaels since then, but he was pursuing a movie career at the time.
Seemingly chastened by his movie career’s failure to launch, Fallon agreed to take on the Late Night role and undertook a “training” period during which he worked on a 50-minute comedy set at colleges and clubs. Ironically, this has come to matter little; Fallon’s standup comedy has been among the least important aspects of his act on Late Night and, later, Tonight, where he relies more on scripted bits and games.

2009: Jay Leno leaves The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

Jay Leno spent 17 years at The Tonight Show, and nearly a third of that time was with his replacement waiting in the wings. It was in 2004, on the show’s 50th anniversary, that NBC announced that Late Night’s Conan O’Brien would take over The Tonight Show when 2009 rolled around. Some speculated that the announcement was designed to keep O’Brien from switching to an earlier time slot at a different network, and Leno himself expressed relief that the long lag would help avoid the tension that had come with his own transition into the Tonight Show seat. When 2009 finally rolled around, Leno—who didn’t always win critics’ favor but kept The Tonight Show popular among many viewers—was given another NBC variety show, The Jay Leno Show, which aired at 10:00 pm.

2010: …and then he comes back

There’s a reason The Jay Leno Show doesn’t have its own item in this list. Ratings were low, and network affiliates were mad about the ad revenue it was costing them. The network tried to just shuffle things around to find a solution, shoving Jay Leno back to 11:35 and moving The Tonight Show to an even later hour, but Tonight Show host Conan O’Brien said he would rather quit than mess with the venerable franchise. Which is what happened, leaving The Tonight Show open for Leno to return. By that fall, O’Brien had gone over to cable to launch his own eponymous show on TBS.

2014: Jay Leno leaves The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Take Two

This time, it was for real. In early 2013, rumors that Jimmy Fallon was next in line for The Tonight Show began to circulate, to be confirmed that April. Though Leno was still tops in the network late-night ratings game, though not by a huge amount, the landscape for the genre was vastly different than it had been when he started—and accordingly, Fallon’s ascent was a big deal but nowhere near as big a deal as Leno’s had been. Still, he brought a viral-video sensibility, sweet sincerity and social-media smarts to the television institution—and a transition marked by goodwill. Fallon had turned to Leno for advice since getting his start in the talk-show game, so when the latter retired it was easy for the former to step in.

2014: Seth Meyers’s ascension

Meyers was a natural choice to replace Fallon in some ways: He, like Fallon, was an SNL standout and the host of Weekend Update. But his sensibility differed wildly from Fallon’s in manners Meyers made clear from the start. While Fallon is loose and given to wild musical interpretations, pre-show press emphasized just how cerebral and political Meyers was.
The handoff was, contrary to past NBC shakeups, drama-free, as everyone had served their time and no one, at least publicly, seemed to feel they’d gotten a raw deal. Meyers had been on SNL since 2001 and it was time to move on; Fallon had done a five-year tour of duty at Late Night; Jay Leno had gotten the opportunity to do several more years on Tonight than he otherwise might have.

2015: The rise of Corden

Next year, James Corden is to take over The Late Late Show as part of a CBS shake-up that began with David Letterman’s retirement. Almost unknown among U.S. television audiences, Corden has a Tony Award as well as several movie roles (including in the upcoming Into the Woods). It was a sad ending for Ferguson, who would have seemed to be in position to replace Letterman (and reportedly had a clause in his contract guaranteeing him a cash payout if he was not chosen as Letterman’s successor). A little-known Brit with gifts not yet tested by the American talk-show format, Corden presents all the advantages of Ferguson, plus one: He represents a fresh start for the network.

2015: Colbert replaces Letterman

CBS wasted no time dithering over David Letterman’s replacement after the longtime host announced his retirement: A scant week after the Letterman news, CBS announced Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert would be taking over the Late Show seat.
Colbert seemed in many ways like an obvious choice—one of the few people not already hosting a major-network late-night show with the star wattage, the comic talent, and the interest. It was only after his hiring, indeed, that any significant speculation over the choice took place, when Neil Patrick Harris claimed in an interview that he’d been involved in conversations with CBS about the show, but turned it down. Harris hardly seems like a fit, but in some senses he’s better-known than the actual pick.

Colbert has said he’s abandoning his conservative-pundit character for The Late Show, so in a sense he enters as an unknown: Himself.

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Better Call the Smelling Salts: the Better Call Saul Official Poster Is Out

Here's an addition to your anticipation

What are you doing to build your Better Call Saul anticipation today? You’re checking out the key art that AMC just released for the Breaking Bad spin-off. (Click here for the full-size version.) Look! There’s Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk), back in the days when he still went by the name Jimmy McGill! And there were pay phones in the desert!

And to further help you have an A1 day, the network also released a brief teaser involving a car wash, which you can see here.

The 2002-set prequel will follow around Jimmy long before he got involved with Walter White. He’s got some Bad company, too: Jonathan Banks will once again assume the role of fixer Mike. AMC recently released a clip in which those two first cross paths. Their introduction goes not so well.

The show, which has already been picked up for a second season, will debut Feb. 8 at 10 p.m.

This article originally appeared on Entertainment Weekly

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Look Back at a Year in Conan With This Completely Ridiculous Season 4 Supercut

A whole season condensed into five very silly minutes

Well, looks like Conan O’Brien has once again continued with his annual year-end tradition of making a totally outrageous supercut compiling the best moments from his talk show, Conan. Today, Team Coco debuted the fourth installment of this tradition: a five-minute wrap-up of season 4’s best moments.

This video has everything: weird songs, weird skits, weird dancing, weird interviews with guest stars, and more weirdness. It features everyone from Jennifer Lawrence to Snoop Dogg to Betty White to Will Ferrell.

Oh, did we mention it’s totally ridiculous?

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Next for Christina Hendricks: a Showtime Comedy Pilot

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Actress Christina Hendricks at the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Awards Press Room at New York Hilton on Nov. 24, 2014 in New York City. Andrew Toth—FilmMagic

The actress is set to play production manager of a fictional rock band

Mad Men‘s Christina Hendricks has found her next gig. The five-time Emmy nominee will star in Showtime’s Roadies one-hour comedy pilot, which follows the day-to-day life of a successful rock tour. Hendricks will play the fictional band’s production manager.

She’s joining a strong cast on the pilot, including the previously announced Luke Wilson (Old School), Imogen Poots (The Look of Love), Rafe Spall (One Day), Peter Cambor (NCIS: Los Angeles), and Keisha Castle-Hughes (Whale Rider).

Hendricks is best known for AMC’s Mad Men, which will air its final episodes in the spring. She’ll also be seen in the film Dark Places, adapted from Gillian Flynn’s bestseller.

This article originally appeared on Entertainment Weekly

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Stephen Colbert’s 9 Truthiest Colbert Report Quips

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From the offbeat to the downright offensive, a look back at the conservative pundit's greatest hits

Stephen Colbert’s eponymous alter ago—known for his hyper-conservative views and aggressively misinformed opinions—loves to talk. A lot. So much that it can be easy, at times, to miss some of his brilliantly absurd quips.

So, to honor the faux pundit as he prepares for the last episode of The Colbert Report, we rounded up nine of his best lines—some that you probably remember, and others that you might have missed. From the offbeat to the downright offensive, here’s a look back at Colbert’s greatest hits.

1. “Yesterday was full of losses for America, the greatest of which was beloved civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks. Which brings us to tonight’s word: overrated.”

2. “I don’t trust books—they’re all fact, no heart.”

3. “George Walker Bush: great president, or the greatest president?”

4. “Anyone can read the news to you. I promise to feel the news… at you.”

5. “…Which brings me to the No. 1 threat to America… stripper bears.”

6. “Folks, the skinnification of the American jeanscape has gone too far.”

7. “I can’t stand people who disagree with me on the issue of Roe v. Wade … which I believe is about the proper way to cross a lake.”

8. “Christianity is the best way to cure gayness—just get on your knees, take a swig of wine, and accept the body of a man into your mouth.”

9. “Equations are the devil’s sentences.”

And, for good measure, here’s a quote from the out-of-character version of Stephen Colbert, when asked to describe his conservative alter ego: “I think of him as a well-intentioned, poorly informed, high-status idiot.”

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Friends Isn’t the Only Goodie Coming to Netflix This January

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In this handout photo provided by NBC, the cast of "Friends", actors Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, Courteney Cox-Arquette, David Schwimmer and Jennifer Aniston sat down with Jay Leno for a special "Tonight Show," on the set of Central Perk Getty Images—Getty Images

Mean Girls also headed to a laptop screen near you

Netflix will begin streaming Friends in all of its 236 episode glory starting Jan. 1 — but that’s not the only new treat to be coming to the service in the new year.

Netflix released a list of its biggest films and TV shows that will be coming to a laptop screen near you:

Jan. 1
101 Dalmatians
Bad Boys 2
Bruce Almighty
Cast Away
Dallas
(season 3)
Election
Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas
The French Connection
Friends

Fort Bliss
Mean Girls
Shall We Dance
To Be Takei
Wayne’s World 2

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Jan. 3
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
White Collar (season 5)

Jan. 8
Psych (season 8)
Frank

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Jan. 9
Z Nation (season 1)

Jan. 16
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Jan. 28
Chef

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Criminal Minds Gets a New Spinoff

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Jennifer Love Hewitt as Kate Callahan and Shemar Moore as Derek Morgan in the "Amelia Porter" episode of Criminal Minds on Dec. 10, 2014. CBS Photo Archive—CBS via Getty Images

The new spinoff will focus on FBI agents helping American citizens in trouble abroad

CBS is once again looking to spin off one of its major crime drama franchises: EW has learned that Criminal Minds will have a new planted spinoff episode later this season.

The as-yet-untitled project focuses on a “division of the FBI that helps American citizens who find themselves in trouble abroad.” We’re told the show is likely to have an entirely different cast than the original series, which is on its 10th year, but sources say that factor has yet to be determined.

Adding a more international angle to the series makes sense in light of the recent success NBC has had with global thriller The Blacklist, and Showtime with its acclaimed overseas-set current fourth season of Homeland.

CBS will shoot the spin-off pilot in February and will air the episode in the Criminal Minds slot later this season. Criminal Minds showrunner Erica Messer will write the pilot, with Messer, Mark Gordon, and Nick Pepper serving as executive producers.

Unlike the sprawling CSI and NCIS franchises, the FBI-based Minds has proved trickier to expand. In 2011, CBS launched another spinoff attempt, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, which had a single short-lived season.

This article originally appeared on Entertainment Weekly.

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Here’s What Critics Said About The Colbert Report When It Premiered

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When skepticism gave way to praise

When The Colbert Report began it’s nearly decade-long run in 2005—the show rolls its final credits on Dec. 18—viewers and critics were excited but nervous. Colbert’s blowhard persona had been a mainstay of The Daily Show, but many worried that, given a whole half-hour to anchor, the character would grow tiresome.

Even in the first few weeks, the jury was out.

“Unfortunately, in just two weeks on the air, this half-hour spoof of a no-spin-zone type show has already stretched Colbert’s character and the artifice that supports it past its natural breaking point,” wrote USA Today. “Colbert was an invaluable part of the Daily Show, but as the whole show, he’s not enough and too much simultaneously.” And New York magazine decided that one of Colbert’s rivals at Comedy Central, David Spade’s The Showbiz Show, was the better of the two. The Colbert Report, wrote critic Adam Sternbergh, “has problems so intrinsic as to be potentially unfixable.” (The Showbiz Show ended in 2007.) Even critics who liked the show, like Heather Havrilesky at Salon, found the show “foolish, bizarre, idiotic fun,” mostly interesting in regards to his characters spoof of Bill O’Reilly.

Still, when the consensus emerged, it was one that stuck: The show was great. “[H]e packs more wit and acid commentary in 22 minutes of his one-man show than multiple skits by the entire cast of ‘SNL,’” declared The New York Times, and the The Los Angeles Times said that “Colbert, with his young Republican haircut and dead-serious eyes, is a terrifically artful speaker; there may be no better reader of writing on TV than him.”

TIME’s James Poniewozik concurred:

Many people, Colbert included, were worried that that guy would be too much to take for 30 minutes. (Then again, people blow a full hour on Bill O’Reilly.) But Colbert inhabits his pose so lustily–“I’ve just swallowed 20 condoms full of truth, and I’m smuggling them across the border!”–that his glee is infectious. Like the band Weezer or The O.C.‘s Seth Cohen, he is in the grand modern tradition of the swaggering nerd.

And here’s another reason to swagger: His legions of fans would say that the question of whether he’s too much to take—for 11 seasons, much less 30 minutes—seems as “foolish, bizarre, idiotic” as the character to whom they’re saying good-bye.

Read James Poniewozik’s full Nov. 14, 2005, piece on The Colbert Report: The American Bald Ego

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Ashon Kutcher Hints Charlie Sheen Will Return for Two and a Half Men Finale

He said nothing to Ellen Degeneres—but his horrible poker face suggested yes

The CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men won’t end until February of next year, but star Ashton Kutcher may have already given away some of the series finale’s plot.

During an appearance on The Ellen Degeneres Show, Kutcher revealed that while the show hasn’t filmed its final episode, he has been pitched the plot and is “a little terrified.”

The actor squirmed and was left speechless when Degeneres asked whether the finale would involve the return of former star Charlie Sheen, whose character was killed off in the beginning of season nine after Sheen was fired from the show. When Degeneres concluded from his reaction that his return was in fact in the works, Kutcher didn’t exactly deny it.

“Here’s the thing,” Kutcher said, “if you’re working on the Warner Bros. lot, if there are sirens, come save me.”

Watch the exchange, above, and watch the full clip here.

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4 Enemies of Stephen Colbert Bid Him Farewell

From Jimmy Fallon to Google

Stephen Colbert has accumulated a lot of enemies over the years, both real and fake.

On The Colbert Report nobody was safe—not politicians, not massive companies and not other comedians. As the show winds to a close on Dec. 18, TIME checked in with some of Colbert’s biggest nemeses to see how they felt about the end of the Report and the end of the intensely vain right-wing personality created by comedian Stephen Colbert.

Jimmy Fallon

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Colbert and Fallon have had a roller coaster relationship. The two declared themselves best friends for six months in 2011, which was naturally followed by six months of being “eternal enemies” before the two comedians faced off at the Emmys for their competing late night shows. In spite of their ups and downs, Fallon tells TIME:

“Stephen Colbert is without a doubt the funniest and most talented person to ever host The Colbert Report. Period.”

Google

In October, Colbert called Google out for listing his height as 5’10” when he was really 5’11″—like Brad Pitt, Russell Crowe and, according to Google, Google CEO Larry Page. “Fix it or I will fix you Page,” Colbert said. “And yes, that is a physical threat.”

Google responded accordingly:

When asked to reflect on its tense relationship with Colbert, Google told TIME, “We respect Stephen and his show very much. It’s always hard to know the true measure of a man—and we’ve certainly had our differences—but we can say without an inch of a doubt, he’s reached new heights in comedy.”

Suey Park, who began the #CancelColbert hashtag

In March, Colbert found himself on the receiving end of a negative hasthag campaign. To play off the Redskins’ organization “The Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation,” Colbert satirically tweeted, “I am willing to show #Asian community I care by introducing the Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever.” This angered the activist, who started the hashtag #CancelColbert, which quickly gained viral steam.

Suey Park, who began the hashtag and explained its importance in a TIME column this spring, tells TIME:

“I never had a desire for the show to be cancelled. I simply saw it as a useful incident to frame a larger conversation on how we cannot flatten/compare how various communities of color have been racialized. False equivocacies [stet] blur the various logics of racism that work in tandem to uphold white heteropatriarchy. By pointing out both the weakness of white liberalism and representation politics, I was hoping we could have a more nuanced conversation on structural racism. It seems the media and liberal America are more concerned with pop culture critiques and the freedom of speech otherwise known as liberal humor than the very subject undergirding the name change debate: genocide.

I feel like people expect me to be angry about the success of a humorous white man as if it is new to me. I wish Stephen well and hope we can move past this ordeal, mainly for selfish reasons. I no longer want to ruminate on how #CancelColbert impacted my health and safety.”

Gene Hobgood, Mayor of Canton, Georgia—i.e. “the crappy Canton”

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In 2008, Colbert started a one-man campaign against towns named Canton—in Texas, Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, North Carolina and Ohio.

Gene Hobgood, the mayor of Canton, tells TIME:

After Colbert’s comments, referring to our City as “the crappy Canton,” several residents of our City called to complain. My response to most were that he is a “comedian” and his comments were not to be taken too seriously. Our City enjoyed the brief attention and was flattered to be singled out on The Colbert Report. Canton did appreciate his apology.

I have enjoyed almost every episode for many years. The Colbert Report and Mr. Colbert’s unique perspective will be missed. Count me among the crowd who will be following Colbert in his new adventure!

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