From Kansas City.com:
The funniest relationship on TV might be the clandestine, cross-network affair between â€œThe Colbert Reportâ€ and â€œHouse.â€
If you look carefully, you can spot a small, framed photograph of Hugh Laurie, the star of Foxâ€™s â€œHouse,â€ on the set of Comedy Centralâ€™s â€œThe Colbert Report.â€ â€œHouseâ€ has reciprocated the gesture with a photo of Colbert that sits on Dr. Gregory Houseâ€™s desk.
On a recent â€œReport,â€ Stephen Colbert said Houseâ€™s photo sits on his shelf because heâ€™s a huge fan of the TV doctor.
â€œHouse and I have a lot in common,â€ Colbert, in mock pundit character, said on the show. â€œWe both refuse to play by the rules, never consider the consequences of our actions and are horribly abusive to our staffs.
â€œIn the end, weâ€™re both always right.â€
The shelf behind Colbertâ€™s C-shaped desk contains a collection of odd objects that he has found reason to keep by some twist of the showâ€™s bizarre comedic meanderings. The House photo currently rests, Colbert noted, â€œin a place of honor next to my coin purse made from a bull scrotum.â€
Colbert first placed the photo on his set in June 2006 after Colbert (the real one) received an honorary degree from Knox College. This made him a doctor, Colbert claimed, and next to his degree, he placed photos of three other TV doctors: House, Noah Drake from â€œGeneral Hospitalâ€ and Cliff Huxtable from â€œThe Cosby Show.â€