Brought to you mostly by Twitter of course. And some dude named Rush Limbaugh.
Here’s Rush’s reaction to the Colbert news. He’s not pleased.
CBS has just declared war on the heartland of America. No longer is comedy going to be a covert assault on traditional American, conservative values,” Limbaugh said on his show shortly after the news broke on Thursday. “Now it’s just right out in the open. This hire is a redefinition of what is funny, and a redefinition of what is comedy. They’re blowing up the 11:30 format under the guise that the world’s changing and people don’t want the kind of comedy that Carson gave us or even Letterman, they don’t want it anymore. It’s media planting a flag here, it’s I think maybe, media’s last stand, but it’s a declaration.
It’s a full blown war on American values ladies and gentlemen! Because David Letterman represented all that was… conservative I guess.. in Limbaugh’s mind? I don’t think that Limbaugh ever watched Letterman..
Here’s the reaction from Stephen Colbert himself:
Simply being a guest on David Letterman’s show has been a highlight of my career. I never dreamed that I would follow in his footsteps, though everyone in late night follows Dave’s lead. I’m thrilled and grateful that CBS chose me. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go grind a gap in my front teeth.
And David Letterman himself! (Let’s say himself some more, shall we?)
Stephen has always been a real friend. I’m flattered CBS chose him. I know they wanted another guy with glasses.
Now, let’s get to the people who really matter–the Twitter people.
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
Technically CBS still gets credit for a diversity hire because his name's not Jimmy.
— Guy Endore-Kaiser (@GuyEndoreKaiser) April 10, 2014
— NASA (@NASA) April 10, 2014
nah, they did that with Two and a Half Men RT @DylanByers Limbaugh: CBS has 'declared war on the heartland of America' by hiring Colbert
— Logan Dobson (@LoganDobson) April 10, 2014
So, is he going to be Stephen Colbert, or "Stephen Colbert"?
— Molly Ringwald (@MollyRingwald) April 10, 2014
Congratulations to the hugely talented and fragrant and lovely @StephenAtHome on the new gig. Welcome to the CBS funhouse.
— Craig Ferguson (@CraigyFerg) April 10, 2014
— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) April 10, 2014
Congrats to @StephenAtHome!! A genius and an inspiration. Plus he's quite slender!!!
— billy eichner (@billyeichner) April 10, 2014
Of course, the only person who's going to be more outraged than Rush Limbaugh that CBS hired Colbert will be Colbert on the next Report.
— LOLGOP (@LOLGOP) April 10, 2014
I'm thrilled for @StephenatHome replacing Dave. He's a fantastic choice. I'm a huge fan. Colbert is rad.
— Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH) April 10, 2014
Congrats to Stephen Colbert on The Late Show gig! Guess making fun of Bill O'Reilly leads to more success than actually being Bill O'Reilly.
— Funny Or Die (@funnyordie) April 10, 2014
I think Stephen Colbert's first guest at CBS should be "Stephen Colbert" from Comedy Central.
— Arianna Huffington (@ariannahuff) April 10, 2014
— amhistorymuseum (@amhistorymuseum) April 10, 2014
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) April 10, 2014
— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) April 10, 2014
.@StephenAtHome lmao good one mate got 'em again
— Patrick Stewart (@SirPatStew) April 10, 2014
.@StephenAtHome CONGRADJOOLAYSHUNS!!!!!!!!!! YAYYAYYAYYAYYAY!!!!!!!!!
I am proud to congratulate @StephenAtHome on his new job by introducing the Foundation for Balding White Males on Late Night TV or Whatever.
— Ryan McElveen (@RyanLMcElveen) April 10, 2014