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  •  You might be right about that. He obviously wants (1+ / 0-)
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    to leave it behind and do something new. I can see how it could become constraining or boring for him, doing the same character all the time.

    I meant reined in from saying what he wants to say and satirizing political bullshit; wasn't thinking about him not actually wanting to do that anymore.

    I just watched the segments on Rachel Maddow and Lawrence O'Donnell coving the announcement. We don't have tv except online, I don't watch network late night shows in years, we just see the good stuff from The Daily Show and The Colbert Report watching online. So I knew nothing about what the network shows have been doing and only the vaguest idea of who Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel were.

    Rachel talked about how since the beginning with Jonny Carson, The Tonight Show has stayed away from politics, except in rare moments, which gave those moments great power. She showed clips of Carson, Leno, and Letterman "going there" and what a big deal it was. So clearly either Colbert will change a lot, or the show will. Probably some of both. Fallon seems pretty funny and entertaining. I admit I'm tempted to start watching them! Arg.

    O'Donnell focused more on Colbert's range as a performer and how he will be more free in this new venue, able to do much more varied work including singing, dancing and acting various roles, as you say.

    I am coming to terms with the change... it was a shock when I heard it yesterday. The new show will probably be great, and this may even work to get me start watching it. So kudos to CBS and congrats to Stephen Colbert. I still feel sad about losing the Report, but look forward to seeing the new show.

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