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Stephen Colbert Spoofs Rachel Maddow’s Big Reveal of Donald Trump’s Tax Returns

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Stephen Colbert kicked off The Late Show Wednesday with a spoof on Rachel Maddow’s anticlimactic reveal of part of President Donald Trump’s 2005 tax returns. Apparently, Colbert wasn’t impressed by Maddow’s big reveal.

“I hold in my hand something very significant,” he said, dressed in Maddow’s signature blazer. “It is a joke, a joke that we have confirmed has been heard by Donald Trump. We believe this is the first time any joke dealing with Donald Trump has been released.”

Colbert performed the spoof in front of a backdrop similar to the one Maddow uses for her show, which according to The Independent, has recently become the most popular cable news program among anti-Trump viewers.

The Late Show host then ranted about chickens and roads and whether or not either have something to do with Russia.

“But whether or not you’re a Trump supporter, whether or not you’ve heard this joke before, it should give you pause that after all of this buildup I still haven’t gotten to the punchline,” Colbert built up the joke, only to go to a commercial break.

Since Maddow’s Tuesday show, others have been slightly more critical of the exclusive story than Colbert. In response, Maddow has defended her arguably disappointing segment, which showed that Trump earned $150 million in 2005 and paid $38 million in income taxes that same year.

“My priority is to get the story right and put it into proper context, and explain the weight of it and why it is important,” Maddow told The Associated Press. “This is a super interesting first window into his finances, and the question of his finances is a legitimate scandal.”

On The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Maddow discussed the Trump tax returns and how she and journalist David Cay Johnson obtained and verified the forms with the help of tax experts and even The White House. She then explained that while they waited for verification, two completely separate shows were produced, just in case the documents turned out to be fraudulent.

“One was, ‘We’ve got his tax returns,’ and one was, ‘Nothing to see here,’” Maddow told Jimmy Fallon. “We had different guests booked, a whole different show completely lined up and ready to go in case it falls through.”

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Meet The Movie Villains Everyone Secretly Agrees With

Movie villains are there to make us feel fear, anger and frustration—in other words, every negative emotion that exists. They are the bad guy, and most films make sure that fact is clear to viewers from the get go. When it isn’t, they do a good job of clarifying later on. But just like in the real world, not everything is so black and white, and sometimes the character who is portrayed as the root of all evil, really isn’t. A closer look at the motives that drive some of the most notorious villains in film often reveals that they’re often not all that bad. Read on, and you’ll discover you probably agree with them.

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It Is Time To Take This Trope Off The Air: 25 Cliches Millennials Are Tired Of

Some plot devices have proven themselves to be tried and true, but these days, we think we can all agree that there’s a trope or two that are just plain tired and we hope Hollywood can agree it’s time to throw them in the trash. We’re just having a hard time believing that these characters in their 20s are living large while working as baristas. And why does no one lock their door? Sure your kooky neighbor can come over unannounced, but so can criminals. So we’d like to take the time to air our hokey Hollywood grievances, and then can we please retire these tropes?

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The Most Memorable TV Death To Date: The Top 25

Grab a box of tissues and steel yourselves, we’re counting down the top 25 most memorable TV deaths of all time. We’ve all sat opposite our television as our jaw dropped in disbelief that the writers would kill off a main character. And we’ve all wept over our favorite character’s untimely demise. But whose passing hit hardest? Well, we assure you we used a very scientific approach in how we ranked our top 25 picks: number of tears shed and tissues used. After reading through we recommend shaking off the sadness with something sweet, perhaps a little tiramisu or maybe a chocolate croissant. But first, did your favorite character crack the top 10?

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