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White House Says No to ‘Colbert Report’ Naturalization Ceremony

Proving that Stephen Colbert makes people at the highest levels of government a little nervous, the White House has nixed a plan by “The Colbert Report” to feature an on-air naturalization ceremony for new U.S. citizens, TheWrap has learned exclusively.

The show had hoped to feature the ceremony next Tuesday to coincide with a guest appearance by Alexandra Pelosi, whose new documentary, “Citizen U.S.A.: A 50 State Road Trip,” debuts on HBO on July 4.

Reached for comment, Alexandra said: “The government just doesn’t get it. ‘The Colbert Report’ is what America watches. This is Colbert Nation.”

In a statement, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, which is part of Homeland Security, suggested the decision was because of the logistics of fitting the ceremony into the half-hour talk show.

“The government made a unified decision to refrain from formatting a naturalization ceremony for a television show,” press secretary Chris Bentley said. “We did so to ensure that the qualities of the ceremony are not impaired in any way. Our naturalization ceremonies remain open to the public.”

 

Source: The Wrap

(Thanks to Hubster Mariana for the link)

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