Stephen Colbert is set to replace David Letterman as the next host of “The Late Show”, which we think is an excellent choice!
Colbert will be taking over for Letterman when he leaves in 2015 after 33 years on the air!
Colbert has been signed for a five-year contract although his official start date is yet to be announced.
The 49-year-old has been the host of “The Colbert Report” on Comedy Central since 2005, where he bashes political and media figures with his alter-ego as a conservative.
After the announcement of Colbert replacing Letterman, the funnyman stated, “Simply being a guest on David Letterman’s show has been a highlight of my career. I never dreamed that I would follow in his footsteps, though everyone in late night follows Dave’s lead.”
He then adds, “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.”
Celebrities and fellow talk show hosts sent their well-wishes.
Jimmy Fallon tweeted, “I’d like to welcome the great @StephenAtHome to network late night and also congratulate him on his new name: Jimmy Colbert.”
Jon Stewart dropped major hints last night at an event in New York, saying he thought Colbert would be “amazing” as the new host of “The Late Show”.
Stewart said, “He is a uniquely talented individual. He’s wonderful in Colbert Report, but he’s got gears he hasn’t even shown people yet. He would be remarkable.”
Colbert’s contract at Comedy Central runs through to the end of 2014, but that isn’t likely to cause an issue because both CBS and Comedy Central are both owned by Viacom.
There were rumors swirling last week that Stephen Colbert was up for the gig. Other frontrunners tossed around included Conan O’Brien, Neil Patrick Harris, and Chelsea Handler.
In a statement President and CEO of CBS Corporation Les Moonves said, “Stephen Colbert is one of the most inventive and respected forces on television. David Letterman’s legacy and accomplishments are an incredible source of pride for all of us here, and today’s announcement speaks to our commitment of upholding what he established for CBS in late night”.
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