CBS Chief: Colbert’s Politics Not a Concern for Us

Stephen Colbert has spent a near-decade playing a cartoonish super-conservative character on TV, so his announcement as the next Late Show host inspired some conservative pushback. CBS CEO Les Moonves addressed those concerns Wednesday, assuring Colbert’s politics are not an issue.

From the get-go, Rush Limbaugh has bemoaned how CBS selecting Colbert shows they have “just declared war on the heartland of America.” Moonves was speaking on an entertainment panel Wednesday when he was asked about the “political views [Colbert] has expressed on Comedy Central.”

Moonves said he would “respectfully disagree” with Limbaugh’s suggestion CBS is flipping America’s heartland the bird, and assured that Colbert’s politics aren’t of any concern to them:

“You know what? Ironically, Stephen Colbert is much more moderate than people think he is… He’s a great social commentator, and that’s sort of what we want. That’s sort of what David Letterman has been.”

Bill O’Reilly had also been critical of the Colbert pick, calling the Comedy Central host a “mouthpiece for the far left” who would alienate a lot of the country.

[h/t THR]
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