Within hours of the CBS announcement about the current “Colbert Report” host, Limbaugh had told his radio-show listeners that the change represented “war on the heartland of America” and “a re-definition of what is funny.”
Here’s all of what Limbaugh had to say (or watch a video of the broadcast here):
“CBS just declared war on the heartland of America. No longer is comedy going to be a covert assault on traditional American values. Now it’s wide out in the open. What his hire means is that it’s a re-definition of what is funny and a re-definition of what is comedy. They’re blowing up the 11:30 format under the guise the world is changing. People don’t want the kind of comedy that Carson gave us or even Leno. It’s the media planting the flag here. Media’s last stand. It’s a declaration.”
Of course, no one actually knows what format Colbert’s version of “The Late Show” will take. Colbert issued a statement to The Hollywood Reporter making it clear that his faux-conservative “Colbert Report” host — often seen as partially based on Limbaugh — will not be the star of “The Late Show”:
“I won’t be doing the new show in character, so we’ll all get to find out how much of him was me. I’m looking forward to it,” a rep for Colbert said.
But when have facts ever been a factor for Limbaugh?