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David Letterman Is Out! The Next Late Show Host Will Be…

Submitted by on April 11, 2014 – 10:27 amNo Comment

Out with the old and in with the new! On April 3, David Letterman announced that he would be retiring from The Late Show and CBS has wasted no time naming his successor. Stephen Colbert, the host, writer, and executive producer of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning The Colbert Report, will take over as host sometime in 2015.

“Stephen Colbert is one of the most inventive and respected forces on television,” said Leslie Moonves, President and CEO, CBS Corporation. “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.”

Added Nina Tassler, Chairman of CBS Entertainment: “Stephen is a multi-talented and respected host, writer, producer, satirist, and comedian who blazes a trail of thought-provoking conversation, humor, and innovation with everything he touches. He is a presence on every stage, with interests and notable accomplishments across a wide spectrum of entertainment, politics, publishing, and music. We welcome Stephen to CBS with great pride and excitement, and look forward to introducing him to our network television viewers in late night.”

Letterman, the longest running late-night talk show host in U.S. TV history, made his debut on The Late Show on August 30, 1993. It’s no surprise that he has served as inspiration for many in the late night talk show arena, including Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon, Conan O’Brien, Craig Ferguson and, of course, Colbert.

“Simply being a guest on David Letterman’s show has been a highlight of my career,” said Colbert, who has signed a five-year agreement. “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.”

No one seems to be more thrilled by the news than Letterman himself, who will celebrate his 67th birthday on Saturday. “Stephen has always been a real friend to me,” he said in an official 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.”

The Late Show airs weeknights on CBS from 11:35 PM-12:37 AM, ET/PT. Are you excited to see what Stephen Colbert will do on The Late Show and do you think he’ll give Jimmy Fallon, who replaced Jay Leno earlier this year, any competition?

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