News Nuggets: Stephen Colbert defends against ‘dark forces’ trying to cancel his show

On Monday’s “The Colbert Report,” star Stephen Colbert strikes back at activists complaining about a recent Twitter post from his show’s account. He spent the entire show comedically defending his position and said, “The interwebs tried to swallow me whole. But I am proud to say that I got lodged in its throat and it hacked me back up like a hastily chewed chicken wing.” Last week’s tweet was a repeat of a joke out of context: “I am willing to show #Asian community I care by introducing the Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever.” That sparked an entire #CancelColbert hashtag campaign. “The dark forces trying to silence my message of core conservative principles mixed with youth-friendly product placement have been thwarted!” Colbert exclaimed to cheers. The Wrap.

How I Met Your Mother” creators and showrunners Carter Bays and Craig Thomas take to Twitter defending Monday’s series finale. SPOILERS AHEAD. In the episode “Last Forever,” the audience finds out that the mother (Cristin Milioti) had actually died a few years earlier and that Ted (Josh Radnor) is actually seeking approval from his children to go after Robin (Cobie Smulders). In one of his many responses, Thomas said, “Seriously – no matter what you thought of tonight, THANK YOU…you were with us. We love you.” Hollywood Reporter.

Presenters and performers are unveiled for the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies to be held in New York on April 10. Linda Ronstadt will not attend due to health concerns but will be inducted by Glenn Frey (Eagles) with a performance by Sheryl Crow, Emmylou Harris, Stevie Nicks, Bonnie Raitt, and Carrie Underwood. Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine) will induct Kiss, who will not perform after a dispute over which members are eligible. Michael Stipe (REM) inducts Nirvana, who also will not perform. The other four honorees will perform: E Street Band (by Bruce Springsteen), Peter Gabriel (by Chris Martin of Coldplay), Hall and Oates (by Questlove from The Roots), and Cat Stevens (to be announced). L.A. Times.

To help combat their rival “Today” and the loss of co-host Josh Elliott this week, “Good Morning America” is adding Michael Strahan. He will continue to host his daytime talk show with Kelly Ripa while appearing on the early morning program at least two days a week. The former New York Giants star for 15 years will be inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in August. Deadline.

One of Broadway’s biggest champions will be honored with an honorary Tony Award. Previous ceremony host Rosie O’Donnell will receive the Isabelle Stevenson Award on the June 8 show. She picks up the trophy for her humanitarian and charitable work. She has performed in productions of “Grease” and “Fiddler on the Roof” and produced “Taboo.” USA Today.

In advance of “Mad Men” returning on April 13, Lauren Duca provides a summary of where things stood at the end of last season and what to expect next. She reminds that Peggy (Elisabeth Moss) was seated in Don’s chair “poised to grab the power she’s always been destined to have.” Don (Jon Hamm) decided to stop lying but is now on indefinite suspension. Joan (Christina Hendricks) helped land a new account, and Pete (Vincent Kartheiser) “has been sufficiently humbled.” Huffington Post.

Jesse Tyler Ferguson (“Modern Family“) will host the 80th annual Drama League Awards on May 16. The event at New York’s Marriott Marquis will include a nominee cocktail reception, luncheon, and awards presentation. Tony winner and Kennedy Center honoree Barbara Cook will receive a life achievement award. Playbill.

DirecTV orders its first original comedy series to air on the Audience Network. “Things You Shouldn’t Say Past Midnight” is from creator Peter Ackerman, a writer for “The Americans” and “Ice Age.” It is based on his play of the same name and focuses on modern-day relationships with the idea that nothing good happens after midnight. Production will begin in May. The satellite distribution company also recently had originals “Full Circle” and “Rogue” plus offered new episodes for “Damages” and “Friday Night Lights.” Variety.

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