Stephen Colbert is going to be succeeding David Letterman as the host of “The Late Show,” said CBS on Thursday. Last week, Letterman told his audience that he will be retiring sometime in 2015. Colbert signed a five-year contract to work at “The Late Show.” Colbert has been the host of “The Colbert Report” on Comedy Central since 2005.
Colbert told The New York Times that he will not be remaining in his Comedy Central character when he takes over The Late Show. CBS said that “specific creative elements” will be announced at a later date.
“Colbert’s premiere date as host of ‘The Late Show’ will be announced after Mr. Letterman determines a timetable for his final broadcasts in 2015,” said CBS.
“I’m very excited for him, and I’m flattered that CBS chose him,” added Letterman. “I also happen to know they wanted another guy with glasses.”
“He’s wonderful in ‘Colbert Report,’ but he’s got gears he hasn’t even shown people yet. He would be remarkable,” said The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart. Colbert used to work at The Daily Show before getting a show of his own.
“Simply being a guest on David Letterman’s show has been a highlight of my career,” added Colbert. “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.”