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‘Stephen Colbert’ is finally dead, but his twin cousin ‘Stephen Colbert’ is just as good

Published Jul 28th, 2016 11:00PM EDT
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Something incredible happened last week during the Republican National Convention. No, it wasn’t when Ben Carson tried to convince America that Hillary Clinton was in league with Lucifer. It also wasn’t when “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” blasted through the Quicken Loans Arena following Trump’s acceptance speech, as an absurd number of balloons tumbled from the sky.

The most celebrated moment of last week was the return of “Stephen Colbert.”

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I put “Stephen Colbert” in quotes because it wasn’t the CBS late night talk show host we saw last week — it was the character from The Colbert Report that we’d all assumed had been retired as soon as Stephen left Comedy Central.

As it turns out, Viacom (the company that owns Comedy Central) had also assumed the character was dead, and wasn’t too happy to see it resurrected on another network. Viacom’s lawyers got in touch with CBS’s lawyers to express their disapproval, so on Wednesday night, Stephen finally retired “Stephen Colbert.”

Thankfully, “Stephen Colbert” has a twin cousin named “Stephen Colbert” who wants to be a permanent correspondent for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. There are some subtle differences between the two characters (the old “Stephen” went to Dartmouth, the new “Stephen” applied to Dartmouth), but at a glance, they appear to be just distinct enough to appease the lawyers.

You can meet the new “Stephen Colbert” in the segment below, which also features a familiar Comedy Central segment with a slightly different name:

Jacob Siegal
Jacob Siegal Associate Editor

Jacob Siegal is Associate Editor at BGR, having joined the news team in 2013. He has over a decade of professional writing and editing experience, and helps to lead our technology and entertainment product launch and movie release coverage.