Great celebrity -- or the greatest celebrity? In a surprise vote that may require a recount, Stephen Colbert, who lost a poll on this blog two days ago for favorite fake TV newsman (to his stablemate Jon Stewart) did win one lesser honor today: He was voted the Associated Press "Celebrity of the Year" by newspaper editors and broadcast producers. They claim Colbert had the biggest impact on pop culture in 2007.
He finished just a hair above J.K. Rowling, who authored the final book in her "Harry Potter" series. Finishing third was Al Gore, whose year included an Oscar, an Emmy, a Nobel Peace Prize and the global concert Live Earth. Update: Just announced tonight that Stephen and Stewart will be returning to the air in January -- sans writing staff. (Maybe Krauthammer and Kristol have time to fill in, now that they've been cut loose by Time magazine.)
Here's Colbert visiting Bill "Papa Bear" O'Reilly earlier this year.