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When the call came, Michele Ganeless didn’t want to pick up the phone. Stephen Colbert was on the line, and the Comedy Central president had a feeling it was bad news. “There was a moment of, ‘I don’t know that I want to have this conversation because I’m afraid of what it’s going to be,’” she recalls. Sure enough, the star of the network’s longtime hit The Colbert Report told her he was leaving to take David Letterman’s coveted late-night slot on CBS. After hearing the news, “there was maybe a moment of perspiration,” she says with a laugh. Colbert’s departure will be a big test for Ganeless, who has worked at Comedy Central on and off since the channel’s birth in the early ’90s and was appointed president in 2007. In May, she announced Colbert’s replacement: Daily Show correspondent Larry Wilmore, whose satirical news-commentary show, The Minority Report With Larry Wilmore, will debut early next year.
Stephen Colbert, host of The Colbert Report, as well as comedian and actor Chris Hardwick helped honor Michele Ganeless, president of Comedy Central, at UJA-Federation of New York’s Broadcast, Cable & Film Division event on June 19th.
The Comedy Central App will feature a robust lineup of content free to all users, including the most recent season of “South Park” and next-day availability of Comedy Central’s late-night lineup of “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” “The Colbert Report” and its new late-night hit “@midnight.” In addition, all app users will be able to preview two yet-to-premiere new series, the animated “Trip Tank” and uncensored stand-up series “Comedy Underground with Dave Attell.” Users will also have access to original short-form content.
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