CBS just made the official announcement: Stephen Colbert is taking over for David Letterman as host of The Late Show! Letterman is retiring in 2015, but no final show or debut date has been announced at this time.
Letterman made his retirement announcement just a week ago. He has hosted the show for twenty-one years. Colbert has hosted The Colbert Report for nine years, and serves as executive producer, writer, and host of the program. “Simply being a guest on David Letterman’s show has been a highlight of my career,” Colbert said in a statement. “I never dreamed that I would follow in his footsteps, though everyone in late night follows Dave’s lead.” Being Colbert, he followed that up with a joke: “Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go grind a gap in my front teeth.”
In his time on The Colbert Report, Colbert has earned twenty-seven Emmy nominations and won 2 Peabodys. He also wrote two New York Times best-sellers. He is a perfect new host for Late Show. Congratulations, Stephen!
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