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Stephen Colbert’s identical cousin “Stephen Colbert” provides the “Werd” on The Late Show, thanks to Viacom

Comedy Central really didn’t like seeing Stephen Colbert bring back The Colbert Report‘s version of “Stephen Colbert” and the “Word” last week to The Late Show on CBS.

So much so that Viacom’s lawyers stepped in to make sure it wouldn’t happen again.

On Wednesday night’s episode of The Late Show, Colbert introduced instead his “identical cousin,” also named Stephen Colbert, to address the audience — this time, with the “Werd.”

Shades of David Letterman’s battle with NBC over “intellectual property” such as Stupid Pet Tricks and Top 10 lists when he moved to CBS and the Late Show, anyone?

Roll the clip, Jimmy!

Sean L. McCarthy

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