Colbert Calls His Own Debate

    NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 24:  Actor/television personality Stephen Colbert signs autographs for fans to promote his new record "Stephen Colbert with the Black Belles" at the Third Man Records Rolling Record Store at The Lot at The High Line on June 24, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

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    You never know when Stephen Colbert is joking or not. The comedian and host of The Colbert Report on Tuesday night challenged the Republican nominees for president for a debate, which he called “Stephen Colbert’s South Carolina Serious, Classy Republican Debate.” Talking in the style of Donald Trump, Colbert first praised Trump for calling for a debate, and then the comedian said he would hold his own debate “sometime in January,” televised on Animal Planet. It’s been a busy week for Colbert: he said Monday he would be teaming up with South Carolina Democrats to hold a hearing to get a referendum on that state’s ballot asking whether “corporations are people,” and on Sunday night, Newt Gingrich tweeted that Colbert was “brilliant” at the Kennedy Center Honors.

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