NEW YORK (AP) – Stephen Colbert is done with the “Colbert Report” Twitter account.
He teamed with one of Twitter’s founders, Biz Stone, on Monday’s show to symbolically blow up his show’s Twitter account. The account has been removed from Twitter.
A tweet from that account, controlled by Comedy Central, created controversy last week when it showed a photo from last week’s show that some Asians deemed offensive. In it, Colbert joked about starting a “Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever” as part of a skit about the Washington Redskins’ owner buying things for Native Americans upset with the team’s name.
A #CancelColbert hashtag then appeared on Twitter, igniting a debate over what is funny and what is offensive. Colbert’s defenders suggested the tweet was taken out of context.
Comedy Central deleted the tweet and made clear the feed was not controlled by the show.
On his personal Twitter feed, Colbert said of #CancelColbert that “I share your rage.”
Colbert directed his fans to his personal Twitter account with more than six million followers instead.