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Colbert Defies Comedy Central by Introducing Colbert Report Character’s ‘Identical Twin Cousin’

Stephen Colbert teased the corporate legal world Wednesday night on The Late Show, when he brought back a familiar bit despite any potential repercussions.

During the show’s live coverage of the Republican National Convention, Colbert drew thunderous applause when he briefly resurrected “Stephen Colbert,” his old character from The Colbert Report. Unfortunately, Colbert told his viewers last night that the bit had prompted Comedy Central lawyers to contact CBS and claim the character as their intellectual property, meaning Colbert cannot call him back again.

Colbert said he found the claim “surprising, because I never considered that guy much of an intellectual.” But it’s okay, because Colbert quickly welcomed “Stephen Colbert,” the host’s identical twin cousin, onto the show.

After establishing that this Stephen Colbert was definitely not the old host, Colbert launched into another taunt of his old network by bringing back his old segment with a new name: “The Werd.” The bit proceeded to examine how Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are the most disliked presidential candidates in recent history, to which, Colbert explained that they might as well race to the bottom to figure out who will come out on top on Election Day.

Watch above, via CBS.

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