Can Stephen Colbert Be Replaced?

By Jack Despeaux

Elm Staff Writer

“The Colbert Report” has been running for 10 seasons now with none other than Stephen Colbert at the helm. After being a correspondent for “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” Comedy Central approved the idea of a second show for the franchise in which Stephen Colbert would satirize politics in a manner that was very similar to “The O’Reilly Factor” on Fox News. The show was an immediate hit after just two weeks and it is one of the most beloved shows on Comedy Central.

On April 10, it was announced that “The Report” would be finishing its final season at the end of 2014. Colbert was offered the position as the new host of “The Late Show” after David Letterman announced his upcoming retirement. Alongside these two announcements was a final one: there would be a replacement to Colbert. The question floating around every “Colbert Report” fan is, “Can Stephen Colbert be replaced?”

The answer is no. No one can replace Colbert on the “Colbert Report.” I believe that Comedy Central was well aware of this when they chose the replacement, which is why “The Colbert Report” will not be continued. Instead, “The Minority Report,” hosted by Larry Wilmore, will replace it on Comedy Central.

I am in love with this idea. Stewart and Colbert have found ways to make viewers laugh in many ways, but one of their favorites is to satirize the majority views with the minority views, or at least the stigma that is alongside majority views. For example, Wilmore has been on “The Daily Show” multiple times with the title, “Senior Black Correspondent.” Whenever Wilmore appeared on the show, he would make a fool of Stewart with a different perspective, or just with his own wit and might.

Wilmore has successfully entertained viewers on “The Daily Show” since 2006, and he has a great career behind him. The new host for “The Minority Report” was a stand-up comedian and TV writer, has won an Emmy, and has appeared on “The Office.” I, for one, have faith in his abilities to host the replacement show for “The Colbert Report.”

Both “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report” have always been viewed as foils. Stewart provides a liberal opinion and Colbert pretends to give a conservative opinion. This duo has enticed fans for years as they watch the “differing” opinions on the topics in the news. “The Minority Report,” if Wilmore can produce like Stewart and Colbert, will add to Comedy Central’s satires with a new flare that shakes up the usual liberal vs. conservative debate.

“The Colbert Report” cannot have a replacement Colbert; and no, not because of the show’s name. The only person that may do just as good of impersonating Bill O’Reilly would be O’Reilly himself, but it wouldn’t be nearly as funny. Knowing this, Comedy Central made the wise choice to not replace Colbert. So long as “The Minority Report” and Wilmore can entertain us just like Stewart and Colbert, I will be ok with saying goodbye.

But needless to say, I am going to start watching “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”

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