Last week Stephen Colbert brought back an old friend to “The Late Show,” and no it wasn’t Jon Stewart, it was his “Colbert Report” alter ego Stephen Colbert. Though, on Wednesday night he told viewers that while many enjoyed the return of his “Report” character he stated, “You know who didn’t enjoy it so much? Corporate lawyers.”
“Because, and this is true, immediately after that show, CBS’s top lawyer was contacted by the top lawyer from another company to say that the character ‘Stephen Colbert’ is their intellectual property, which is surprising, because I never considered that guy much of an intellectual,” he added. Those corporate lawyers would be from Viacom, Comedy Central’s parent company.
The heartbreaking moment for many fans came when he continued by saying, “So it is with a heavy heart that I announce that, thanks to corporate lawyers, the character of ‘Stephen Colbert,’ host of ‘The Colbert Report,’ will never be seen again.” Adding, “What can I do? The lawyers have spoken. I cannot reasonably argue I own my face or name.”
So, to make up for the fact that his alter ego will never be seen again, he introduced fans to Stephen Colbert’s identical twin cousin, Stephen Colbert. Wearing an American flag button-up, the “cousin” clarified that he was in no way the former “Colbert Report” host and stated the he would love to be a permanent part of the “The Late Show.”
Then the real Colbert also introduced a new segment called “The Werd,” not to be mistaken with the “The Colbert Report’s” “The Word.” The first topic was “The Lesser of Two Evils,” which took a look at both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump’s low approval ratings.
So while Colbert’s alter ego may be long gone, it’s good to know that his cousin and “The Werd” will take his place.
Check out the full segment below: