You can watch the entire Norm MacDonald show featuring Tim here, but we already skipped forward to 34:50 where he gets into the dirt, saying that the cancellation was handled “very badly” because even though he is a survivor, there are 190 workers on the show that didn’t know until late June that they’d be out of a job. It was the network’s second highest rated show and said that they should have been kept on air simply just to help launch shows that were debuting, which could be put in the Friday night slot right after Last Man Standing .
In an appearance at Harvard University in 2006, Colbert revealed that his character's fear of bears was in part inspired by a recurring nightmare he has had, in which a bear is standing between him and his goal.  The character's phobia , which was initially referenced in the show's first "ThreatDown" skit, was originally slated to be a fear of alligators . By the time the Report went to air, the alligator story was several weeks old, and the writers chose to use a more recent news item involving a bear in its place. 
character early 14c., from . caractere, from L. character, from Gk. kharakter "engraved mark," from kharassein "to engrave," from kharax "pointed stake." Meaning extended by metaphor to "a defining quality.""You remember Eponina, who kept her husband alive in an underground cavern so devotedly and heroically? The force of character she showed in keeping up his spirits would have been used to hide a lover from her husband if they had been living quietly in Rome. Strong characters need strong nourishment." [Stendhal, "De l'Amour" 1822]Sense of "person in a play or novel" is first attested 1660s, ... in reference to the "defining qualities" he or she is given by the author. The Latin ch- spelling was restored 1500s.