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Viacom Taking Its Laughs Off Hulu; March 9 Last Day For Stewart, Colbert

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It’s not the end of online access to Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert but next week tracking them down may be a little less convenient for those used to watching on Hulu. Viacom (NYSE: VIA) is removing Comedy Central from the ad-supported video portal at 11:59 p.m. March 9 after a 21-month run. It’s the first major content defection for Hulu, the JV owned by Disney (NYSE: DIS), News Corp (NYSE: NWS). NBC Universal (NYSE: GE) and Prividence Equity. The site announced the move Tuesday afternoon in a corporate blog post by Andy Forssell, SVP of content & distribution for Hulu, telling users how they could find their faves after that (TheDailyShow.com and ColbertNation.com) and explaining:

“In the past 21 months, we