If you’re angry at Stephen Colbert over The Colbert Report’s now-deleted “ching chong ding dong” tweet, the show wants you to know that Mr. Colbert and his staff didn’t author it:
A lot of Colbert’s fans seem to think the distinction between Colbert and the Comedy Central-owned @ColbertReport Twitter account is a key point:
I'm going to say this one time: It wasn't even Stephen Colbert. It was a Comedy Central account. Go after Comedy Central, not Colbert.
— Formerly known as… (@lhglarner) March 28, 2014
@MCTyss The thing is it wasn't Colbert who wrote the tweet. It's not his personal account. It's a Comedy Central account managed by…
— Ayanda ツ (@AyandaMo) March 28, 2014
APPARENTLY stephen colbert wasn't the one to make that shitty as tweet and it was the comedy central peeps instead??
— yaoi hand oikawa (@pissbabies) March 28, 2014
@SkipTerrio It wasn't even Colbert's twitter account. It was one run by a social media person hired by Comedy Central.
— Vandamir (@Vandamir) March 28, 2014
Colbert himself sarcastically addressed this point last night:
— Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome) March 28, 2014
The Hollywood Reporter misleadingly characterized Colbert’s and The Colbert Report’s tweets as follows:
In the early hours of Friday, Colbert had caught wind of the imbroglio and took to his personal account @StephenAtHome to clarify that his Comedy Central show’s verified Twitter account is not written by him. He also suggested that doesn’t even know who writes it. The Colbert Show Twitter account also tweeted a series of messages saying its host had nothing to do with the joke gone wrong.
“Nothing to do with the joke gone wrong”? The “ching chong ding dong” tweet was a direct quote from Colbert. He made the remark on his show earlier this week as can be seen in the video tweeted last night by both The Colbert Report and Colbert.