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Stephen Colbert on #CancelColbert: 'We almost lost me' -- VIDEO

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Stephen Colbert used his entire Comedy Central show Monday to address an out-of-context tweet last week that kicked off the #CancelColbert campaign. Update: Watch video from the episode below.

The show started with a hilarious montage showing The Colbert Report shutting down, the lights going out, a flower wilting, scenes of the apocalypse, the famous crying Indian — all while Adagio for Strings played over the images. Then Colbert “woke up” from his bad dream and did his show.

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Best of 2013 (Behind the Scenes): Stephen Colbert on how he got 'lucky' with his celeb-studded Daft Punk dance video

Back in August, French electro-duo Daft Punk bailed last minute on a scheduled Colbert Report performance, citing a contractual obligation to MTV. But instead of scrambling like a headless chicken for a replacement act, Stephen Colbert jumped and danced for joy, literally. He and his writing team took the booking snafu as an opportunity to create an ecstatic music video set to Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky,” which featured a beaming Colbert dancing with various celebs (Bryan Cranston, Jeff Bridges, Hugh Laurie and others), crashing three other shows (Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, America’s Got Talent and Charlie Rose), and shocking exactly one political dignitary (Henry Kissinger).

“The universe conspired for us to have a show that seemed highly planned, but it was actually a series of extremely happy accidents,” Colbert says. Though the cancellation was a producer’s nightmare, he loved the challenge of figuring out how to fill Daft Punk’s place: “You do 1,300 shows, and anything different is like a holiday.” EW spoke with Stephen Colbert (decidedly out of character) about the logistical hurdle of filming guests in both New York and Washington D.C., as well as how The Big Lebowski and Michael Jackson served as inspiration. As for his thoughts on Daft Punk’s VMA performance? Colbert still hasn’t seen it. “I never watch the VMAs. I think I was probably helping my kids with their homework,” the comedian said. “I got nothing against the Daft Punkers, and they wrote me and said they really liked [the video], and I hope they did. I’d love to have them on.”

Click here for more of EW.com’s Best of 2013 coverage.

As told by: Stephen Colbert

The video itself came about starting three weeks before the show. We had already booked Daft Punk to come on the show, and we were pretty excited because they don’t do TV and they don’t talk. We thought “Oh great, they’ll come on and talk into a [fog] and this’ll be a real coup.” And then they said, “Well, they don’t wanna talk.” So I said, “Oh I can get around them not talking. We can figure out something.” And then the next week they called and said, “Oh, and they also don’t wanna do the song.” [Laughs]

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Stephen Colbert jokes about Pope at Catholic dinner. No one incensed. -- LISTEN

Not even the pope was immune Thursday night as Stephen Colbert cracked one-liners and took digs at luminaries from politics, finance and the media at a Roman Catholic charity dinner in New York City that’s perennially packed with big names.

Colbert, the satirical star of Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report, delivered his remarks at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner in the grand ballroom of the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in Manhattan, where he noted many great speakers — and probably a few bar mitzvah DJs — had appeared before him.

Over the course of 10 minutes, Colbert said New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s outfit of robes and cap made him look like a “flamboyant Zorro,” joked that former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger was dating a CNBC anchor, called Mayor Michael Bloomberg a “tiny man” and said the modest Pope Francis would’ve likely held the black-tie fundraiser at an iHop.

“I am proud to be America’s most famous Catholic,” Colbert declared, turning to Dolan, who was sitting next to him on a dais that included Gov. Andrew Cuomo, CBS anchor Scott Pelley and others. “And I’m sure the cardinal is thinking, ‘Stephen, pride is a sin.’ Well, cardinal, so is envy, so we’re even.” READ FULL STORY

Stephen Colbert on stealing 'Daily Show' Emmy: 'Jon Stewart's streak is not broken'

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart has won Outstanding Variety Series at the Emmys for 10 consecutive years, but the streak was broken Sunday night by a very personal foe: The Colbert Report. And, in the Emmy press room, Stephen Colbert had a tongue-in-cheek explanation for why his show triumphed this time.

“I’m grateful Jon took the summer off during the voting period,” he said of Stewart’s hiatus to film a movie this summer. “Not that John Oliver didn’t do the greatest job ever, but maybe that helped.”

In all seriousness, Colbert spoke earnestly about his time working with Stewart on The Daily Show and how Jon has influenced his career. “He invited us to have a passion and an opinion about what we were writing,” Colbert said. “And he wanted to make sure we had our own thoughts behind what we were saying. And it was from him that I actually learned how to write satirical comedy, which I had never really been a fan of. And he’s still there for me. I can call him anytime, to ask for ideas, to ask for moral support, or ask for the energy to keep doing 160 shows a year. And I’m the luckiest man in the world that he’s my lead-in and he’s the guy I can turn to for advice and for strength.”
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Paul McCartney to perform on special one-hour 'Colbert Report'

The Colbert Report will air a one-hour music special with Paul McCartney next Wednesday, June 12. In addition to his interview with Colbert, McCartney is set to perform songs from his Out There tour, Wings Over America, which has a 2013 reissue, and more. ‘I think this McCartney kid’s got something special and I’m gonna put him on the map!” said Colbert, in a press release.

This will be the first time McCartney has performed on the show but he first appeared on Colbert in early 2009. Click here to watch that appearance. (It does not disappoint).

McCartney will have to rest up after this performance, because he’s set to perform at Bonnaroo on June 14.

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Stephen Colbert to interview Bill Clinton

It looks like former president Bill Clinton is a fan of truthiness.

Stephen Colbert will host the closing session of the six annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative University and interview Clinton as part of the event. The closing session will take place Saturday, April 6 at Washington University, but if you can’t make it to St. Louis the CGI U-themed episode of The Colbert Report will air the week of April 8 (no official date was announced). This will be Clinton’s first appearance on the show.

In a press release Colbert joked, “I am thrilled and honored to be interviewing President Clinton, and I assume he is aware this is happening.”

One thing we know for certain, Bill Clinton is great on talk shows.

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'The Colbert Report' sets 'Hobbit'-themed week of shows -- EXCLUSIVE

Stephen Colbert has never been afraid to show off his passion for J.R.R. Tolkien on The Colbert Report (see: this James Franco interview and this dissection of John McCain’s Lord of the Rings debt ceiling analogy) but next week he will take that love to new nerdy levels. Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report will present four nights of Hobbit-themed programming (Dec. 3 to Dec. 6), pegged to the Dec. 14 release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, EW has learned. Guests will include stars Ian McKellan (Dec. 3), Martin Freeman (Dec. 4) and Andy Serkis (Dec. 6), along with director Peter Jackson (Dec. 5). READ FULL STORY

'Daily Show' and 'Colbert Report' announce live election-night plans

The Daily Show and The Colbert Report were a day late during the political debates, taping their shows before the evening festivities. But they’re not playing around when it comes to Election Day. Both shows will air live on Tuesday night, as the election results come in. The Daily Show is promoting their 11 p.m. ET coverage as “Election Night 2012: This Ends Now,” with Stewart leading his team in analyzing the state-by-state returns. At 11:30, The Colbert Report’s “Election 2012: A Nation Votes, Ohio Decides; The Re-Presidenting of America: Who Will Replace Obama? ‘012!” will welcome political pundit Andrew Sullivan for his take on the election results.

Both shows will also be simulcast on MTV’s Times Square JumboTron, stream live on comedycentral.com, iOS and Android enabled devices, Xbox consoles and through The Daily Show Headlines App.

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Sandy shuts down Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert

Mitt Romney can breathe a little easier tonight. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report will not tape Monday evening.

The Frankenstorm has claimed both shows, the latest New York City-based TV productions to shutter today. The Comedy Central faux-newscasts have been in full-blast election mode in recent weeks. But with the media obsessed with Hurricane Sandy, it’s not like there’s a ton of on-air election coverage gaffes to mock right now anyway.

Comedy Central is taking a “wait and see” approach before deciding on whether to resume taping of both shows on Tuesday, or later in the week. Repeats will air instead. Here’s several other TV productions being shut down.

'Daily Show,' 'SNL,' 'Colbert,' and 'Fallon' writers assemble for New York Television Festival panel

“Live from New York…” is Saturday Night Live‘s proprietary catchprase, but those four iconic words might just as easily more broadly describe the best and brightest of American comedy — period. Within a three-block radius in midtown Manhattan lies the home bases for Saturday Night Live, The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, and Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. So it only makes sense that during the comically fertile election season, the New York Television Festival is celebrating the talent behind those shows with a special discussion panel, “Long Day’s Journey Into Late Night: 2012 Election Edition – The Politics of Funny.”

Next Tuesday night at the 92Y Tribeca, NBC’s Willie Geist will welcome a Barry Julien (head writer, The Colbert Report), Steve Bodow (co-executive producer and former head writer, The Daily Show), Colin Jost (co-head writer, Saturday Night Live), and A.D. Miles (head writer, Late Night) for a lively discussion about their favorite moments from the 2012 campaign so far and their take on the current state of the late-night genre. (Tickets are free but will surely “sell out.”) READ FULL STORY

Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert extend their contracts with Comedy Central

Comedy Central’s late-night political-satire duo will stick around at least through the next midterm elections. According to a statement released by the cable network this morning, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert have both extended their contracts with Comedy Central for the next couple of years. Colbert’s contract extension runs through the end of 2014; Stewart’s runs a bit further, up to the middle of 2015.

Both will continue to serve as multi-hyphenate host/writer/producers for their respective series, which have both experienced ratings growth this year, due in no small part to ongoing three ring circus that is the 2012 presidential election.

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New episodes of 'The Colbert Report' returning this week

After taking an abrupt hiatus last week, The Colbert Report will be returning this week with new episodes, EW has confirmed with Comedy Central. Last Wednesday, audience members who had planned to attend a new taping of the show were surprised with an email informing them that the taping was canceled due to “unforeseen circumstances.” The network later announced no new episodes would be filmed for the remainder of the week.

Comedy Central is keeping mum about why The Colbert Report went dark last week, but reports had claimed that the series suspended production because host Stephen Colbert’s 91-year-old mother was ailing. (The host himself is keeping quiet as well, but tweeted Friday, “My family and I would like to thank everyone who has offered their thoughts and prayers. We are grateful and touched by your concern.” Guests scheduled to appear on The Colbert Report this week are Ann Patchett (Feb. 20), Robert Kagan (Feb. 21), Nancy Pelosi (Feb. 22), and Placido Domingo (Feb. 23).

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