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Colbert Explains How He Absorbed Lou Dobbs' Personality And Audience


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But now that Dobbs has landed at Fox Business Network, Colbert was left in need of a new TV personality to emulate. Luckily, Today's Gene Shalit left the program just in time.

So Colbert went through another Highlander-like transformation, absorbing Shalit's signature puns ... and mustache.

"Welcome to The Colbert Report," he said, in his new character. "Hopefully this episode is not a Colbert Re-bore, that makes you makes Colbert Re-snore. Okay, now let's get to the news before it's old."

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