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Comedy Central to Launch Spoof of O'Reilly & Hannity

Reported by Marie Therese - May 5, 2005

Comedy Central has decided to give Jon Stewart's sidekick, Stephen Colbert, his own half-hour show. "The Colbert Report" is slated to follow The Daily Show. From the New York Times: "Where "The Daily Show" and its host, Jon Stewart, generally spoof the headlines of the day (and the anchors and reporters who deliver them), Mr. Colbert's program will send up those hosts who have become household names doing interviews and offering analyses each night on the 24-hour cable news channel."

"In the way 'The Daily Show' is kind of a goof on the structure of news, this is more of a goof on the cult of personality-type shows," Mr. Stewart said in an interview.

"It's about a man and his forum," Mr. Stewart said of such shows, including Mr. Colbert's. "And by the way, he's not doing it for himself. He's doing it for the people. As a public service."

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