Last night was Stephen Colbert's first show since the #CancelColbert hashtag blew up on Twitter, and he opened with a 15-minute defense of his side of the issue. (Well, he actually opened in the middle of nightmare that his show really was cancelled—but that was just a dreeaaam.)
To sum up in very brief terms: on last Wednesday's show, Colbert announced that, inspired by the offensively named Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation, he would be starting the Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever. Then on Thursday night, the @ColbertReport Twitter account tweeted about the Foundation—with no video links or references to the context of the joke. This sparked outrage and thousands of 140-character calls to #CancelColbert.
In the clip below, Colbert reminds viewers that a) he doesn't operate the @ColbertReport Twitter account, where the offending tweet was published, b) his show is satire, and c) the joke intended to shed like on the absurdity of the Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation, which no one is even complaining about.
Click here to watch last night's full episode, including an aptly timed interview with Twitter co-founder Biz Stone.