April 1st, 2014
10:41 AM ET
The Colbert Nation can breathe a sigh of relief.
After a #CancelColbert campaign went viral following a Twitter mishap, Stephen Colbert returned to his Comedy Central series on Monday to proclaim that he's #NotCanceled.
"The Interwebs tried to swallow me whole," Colbert said Monday following a bad dream sketch in which his show went dark. "But I'm proud to report that I got lodged in its throat and it hacked me back up like a hastily chewed chicken wing. ... folks, I'm still here."
The brouhaha began on March 27, when the Comedy Central Twitter account for the program, @ColbertReport, tweeted a line from that night's show without any context.
"I am willing to show the #Asian community I care by introducing the Ching Chong Ding Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever," the tweet read, which was a comment Colbert made during his mocking of Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder's intent to launch a foundation to aid Native Americans.
The offensive tweet, which didn't include a link to the full sketch, drew ire from all corners of the Internet and was the reason #CancelColbert began to trend.
Colbert confirmed that neither he nor anyone affiliated with his show sent the tweet, but he wasn't able to respond on the small screen until Monday.
"We almost lost me," Colbert said, while in character. "I'm never going to take me for granted ever again."
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