CBS announced Thursday that Stephen Colbert, star of the Comedy Central news satire show “The Colbert Report,” will take David Letterman’s place as host of “The Late Show,” following Letterman’s retirement in 2015.
Colbert signed a five-year contract with the network. “Specific Creative Elements” would be determined and announced at a later time. According to the network his first show date will be determined after Letterman comes up with a schedule for his final shows.
In a statement he had this to say regarding the news:
“Simply being a guest on David Letterman’s show has been a highlight of my career,” he said. “I never dreamed that I would follow in his footsteps, though everyone in late night follows Dave’s lead. I’m thrilled and grateful that CBS chose me. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go grind a gap in my front teeth.”
On Thursday night’s show Colbert joked about the news. You can watch that clip here.
In an interview with the New York Times Colbert said he will not be portraying the conservative, pundit character he played on “The Colbert Report.”
“I won’t be doing the new show in character, so we’ll all get to find out how much of him was me. I’m looking forward to it.”
David Letterman showed his support to Colbert in a statement:
“I’m very excited for him, and I’m flattered that CBS chose him. I also happen to know they wanted another guy with glasses.”
Comedy Central also shared their support in a statement:
“We look forward to the next eight months of the ground-breaking ‘Colbert Report’ and wish Stephen the very best.”
“The Daily Show” host Jon Stewart, Colbert’s friend and college, said that Colbert would be remarkable, and that “he’s got gears he hasn’t even shown people yet.”
President and CEO of CBS Les Moonves called Colbert “one of the most inventive and respected forces on television.”
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