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Stephen Colbert Says He Is A 'Huge Fan Of Censorship': Jokingly Praises New 'Huckleberry Finn' (VIDEO)

01/06/2011 01:18 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

"Nation, I am on record as being a huge fan of censorship," Stephen Colbert said last night. "Of course, you wont actually find it in the record -- I had it taken out."

Colbert used this to preface his thoughts on the new edition of Mark Twain's classic novel "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," which publisher NewSouth Books has edited significantly by replacing each instance of the 'N-word' with the word 'slave.' The expurgated edition has sparked a wave of controversy, igniting reactions from both scholars and readers who denounce the edits as unnecesary censorship.

About the book's author, Colbert noted: "He dropped the N-word over 200 times! That proves Mark Twain wasn't only his pen name, it was his rap name."

In conclusion, Colbert stated, "I think all of this is a great move. My only worry here: what are the publishers going to do with all those N-words they take out? They're just going to pile up around the office. They might end up in other classics. And frankly, I don't want to read my kids, 'Goodnight N-word'," the TV host joked.

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