I feel like Daily/Colbert fandom was destined not to survive the move to Tumblr.
Not least because there was no easy way to cordon off your RPF (or RPF-adjacent) discussion/fanworks/squee from the (very broad) general population of People Who Watch The Daily Show.
On top of that, the changing hosts didn’t leave us much to go on.
Huge swaths of the legal online video archives were dropped, meaning new fans were locked out of access to the material.
There was no obvious replacement to fill the gap of “two young handsome men with a shamelessly homoerotic friendship.”
John Oliver has done a lot toward “rich character-based quasi-separate reality with a funny internal mythology,” but on a premium network with a smaller reach.
And I’m probably not the only one whose general ability to watch news-comedy shows has dropped off pretty hard.
Starting before the election, when some of them were making lazy jokes that reinforced sexist narratives people were buying into, and continuing afterward when even the on-the-ball ones (shoutout to Sam Bee and John Oliver) have had nonstop awful material to work with.
(Still mad about Colbert’s sarcastic “yeah, sure, it’s totally normal for a grandmother to want access to the nuclear codes.” Whenever it’s been a grandFATHER running for that position, literally nobody brought it up. Huh. Gee. How ’bout that.)
So it might be for the best that the fandom decline happened at just the right time to leave it mostly-unsullied by this era of politics.
And you all know I’m delighted that Jon and “Stephen” canonically went off to live in a cabin in the woods together.
(Cap from the Christmas special, but we can all assume it’s probably the same cabin.)
Doesn’t stop me from missing it anyway, that’s all.
(Prompted by muccamukk December talking meme.)