The announcement Thursday afternoon that Stephen Colbert had been named the replacement for the retiring David Letterman on CBS’ “Late Night” elicited a range of emotions from Twitter users – sometimes within the same tweet.
The range of emotions I have about Colbert succeeding Letterman is wide and fierce.— Evie Nagy (@EvieN) April 10, 2014
I am simultaneously devastated that the Colbert Report will end & excited beyond repair at what Colbert & team will do with The Late Show.— Paul F. Tompkins (@PFTompkins) April 10, 2014
Some were magnanimous.
I'd like to welcome the great @StephenAtHome to network late night and also congratulate him on his new name: Jimmy Colbert.— jimmy fallon (@jimmyfallon) April 10, 2014
Others were pessimistic.
Colbert has this perfect show now. Now he's going to be another guy who asks celebs about their projects. This news is nothing except sad.— Dave Lozo (@DaveLozo) April 10, 2014
Some observers noted the irony that Colbert had gotten the prestigious gig less than two weeks after Twitter users demanded that Comedy Central #CancelColbert for a joke many found offensive was posted on the network's Twitter account for the show.
BA HA HA H A HA H A HA HA
Stephen Colbert replacing David Letterman.April 10, 2014
Hey, could someone ask Suey Park to start a #CancelOswalt campaign? I'd love to host the Oscars next year.— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) April 10, 2014
@theblaze More accepital Leftest rasism on CBS. Why is it ok for them to be racist but if the N-Word slips out of my kid he gets in trouble— Tea Party Amercan (@BarryWirth) April 10, 2014
Even the president piled on.
President Obama begins his speech at the #CivilRightsSummit: "I guess Cancel Colbert worked, you guys." Thunderous applause, laughter— Christopher Hooks (@cd_hooks) April 10, 2014
But there was also a lot of pain -- particularly in the posterior region, and especially on the right.
Colbert? Really? Why not just wait until President Obama is out of office and hire him to replace Letterman directly?— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) April 10, 2014
So late night is now "Slow Jam With Obama" Fallon and "Reality Has A Well-Known Liberal Bias" Colbert. Spectacular. http://t.co/uiry895UM6— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) April 10, 2014
Breaking: CBS is swapping out liberal douche for liberal douche (Letterman for Colbert). #tcot— Ken Diesel (@KenDiesel) April 10, 2014
CBS just hired a guy who is already on Late Night and regularly beaten by Adult Swim in viewers. This is about culture, not ratings.— John Nolte (@NolteNC) April 10, 2014
Leftist elites love Colbert. He gets fewer than a million viewers. #juggernaut— John Nolte (@NolteNC) April 10, 2014
Are we shocked that liberal hack Colbert will replace liberal hack Letterman?— Jagged Little Jalen (@GOPMommy) April 10, 2014
In search of an even more niche audience, CBS has now hired a Comedy Central host doing an impersonation of a Fox News personality.— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) April 10, 2014
And thus ends the conservative media stakeout of Fox News back-bencher Greg Gutfeld's house, waiting for the CBS limo to pull up. That was a fun couple of days, but there's still hope!
Good, now they can give Colbert's spot on Comedy Central to @greggutfeld.— Eric (@eriContrarian) April 10, 2014