Lawyers for Comedy Central have demanded that Stephen Colbert quit resurrecting the conservative dunce “Stephen Colbert” he played for 10 years.

Stephen Colbert plays his “identical twin cousin” on CBS’ “The Late Show.” Image via YouTube.com
The “Late Show” host had a word for that — actually the “Werd.”

Thumbing his nose at accusations of intellectual property theft, Colbert on Wednesday night introduced his “twin identical cousin,” with the same arched eyebrow but wearing a dress shirt in American flag colors.

As CBS.com reported: “The audience booed when Colbert, ‘with a heavy heart, said it has been decreed that the character is kaput. ‘I feel the same way, but what can I do?” Colbert said. ‘The lawyers have spoken. I cannot reasonably argue that I own my own face and name. And as much as I’d like to have that guy on again, I can’t.'”

CBS said representatives from CBS and Comedy Central declined comment on Thursday.

“The ‘Late Show’ has been making an aggressive play for attention with two weeks of live shows coinciding with the Republican and Democratic conventions. Besides the reappearance of his character, old friend Jon Stewart appeared last week.”

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