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Stephen Colbert will replace David Letterman for The Late Show!

Apr. 10, 2014by:

Well, now this is an interesting development.

Last week David Letterman announced that he'd be retiring, leaving behind his long-running Late Show on CBS. Letterman is the longest-serving late night TV host and has had a hell of a run, so he's certainly going out on top. For Colbert, it's a surprising, albeit inspired, choice. The host of The Colbert Show has signed a five-year contract for The Late Show, which he will begin hosting sometime in 2015.

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

Colbert has been the host of Comedy Central's The Colbert Report for almost 20 years, having started on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart as a correspondent. He then branched off into his own show, which has been a tremendous success.

“Simply being a guest on David Letterman’s show has been a highlight of my career,” Colbert 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.”

While this may leave a lot of fans up in arms over Colbert's sudden departure, it's to note that Colbert has informed his staff of the show, who he intends to bring along with him to The Late Show. Comedy Central issues their own statement about the sudden change, saying:

“Comedy Central is proud that the incredibly talented Stephen Colbert has been part of our family for nearly two decades. We look forward to the next eight months of the ground-breaking Colbert Report and wish Stephen the very best.”

The changeover will take place sometime in 2015.

What do you think? Is Colbert a good choice for The Late Show or should he just stay where he is at Comedy Central?

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1:58PM on 04/10/2014
This is amazing news! I was worried that Chelsea Handler was going to get the gig...*phew*
This is amazing news! I was worried that Chelsea Handler was going to get the gig...*phew*
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8:03PM on 04/10/2014
will John Oliver take over with "The Oliver Report"? such a funny guy deserves a chance just like Colbert got his.
will John Oliver take over with "The Oliver Report"? such a funny guy deserves a chance just like Colbert got his.
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8:40AM on 04/11/2014
John Oliver has his own show on HBO now. I think its called "Last Weeks News, Today!" It premiers in a couple weeks. That is why he left Daily Show.
John Oliver has his own show on HBO now. I think its called "Last Weeks News, Today!" It premiers in a couple weeks. That is why he left Daily Show.
6:51PM on 04/10/2014
I wonder if he'' still use the Colbert "persona" from the Colbert Report. Also, I wonder what will follow the Daily Show now. John Oliver did a good job hosting the Daily Show when Stewart was directing his movie, so maybe they can find something for him.
I wonder if he'' still use the Colbert "persona" from the Colbert Report. Also, I wonder what will follow the Daily Show now. John Oliver did a good job hosting the Daily Show when Stewart was directing his movie, so maybe they can find something for him.
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7:30PM on 04/10/2014
He's getting a show on HBO actually.
He's getting a show on HBO actually.
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3:51PM on 04/10/2014
Stephen is one of the smartest and funniest tv personalities, ever imo. Toning down the sarcasm, satire and intelligent humor in the future will probably be a bit hard for him. And a loss to us. But a understandable choice by him. All the luck!
Stephen is one of the smartest and funniest tv personalities, ever imo. Toning down the sarcasm, satire and intelligent humor in the future will probably be a bit hard for him. And a loss to us. But a understandable choice by him. All the luck!
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12:52PM on 04/10/2014
Most surprising bit of Colbert-ness I came across recently: [link] He's actually pretty good.

Psst: "Comedy Central" is spelled "Comedy Centrail" in the article above.
Most surprising bit of Colbert-ness I came across recently: [link] He's actually pretty good.

Psst: "Comedy Central" is spelled "Comedy Centrail" in the article above.
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6:41PM on 04/10/2014

Check your math or your writing

I was starting to feel really old there...
Colbert Report started in 2005, Daily Show was in 1996. So either "Colbert has been the host of Comedy Central's The Colbert Report for almost 10 years" or "Colbert has been on Comedy Central for almost 20 years."
I was starting to feel really old there...
Colbert Report started in 2005, Daily Show was in 1996. So either "Colbert has been the host of Comedy Central's The Colbert Report for almost 10 years" or "Colbert has been on Comedy Central for almost 20 years."
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3:39PM on 04/10/2014
Looks like late night is getting the Colbert bump!
Looks like late night is getting the Colbert bump!
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3:23PM on 04/10/2014
Colbert is absolutely hilarious. I am glad he got the job although I was hoping for Conan to get the spot.
Colbert is absolutely hilarious. I am glad he got the job although I was hoping for Conan to get the spot.
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2:42PM on 04/11/2014

As Jesus Christ said before us.......

If you don't like Stephen Colbert than fuck you and suck on my balls
If you don't like Stephen Colbert than fuck you and suck on my balls
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8:39AM on 04/11/2014

Yes.

Watch out America. Colbert Nation has begun.
Watch out America. Colbert Nation has begun.
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2:43PM on 04/11/2014
Hopefully he will do the show topless.
Hopefully he will do the show topless.
7:46PM on 04/10/2014
He makes sense in a way as a choice. He's bold and immediately recognizable and people like him. Just like Letterman. I do wonder what concessions he'll have to make format-wise to fit in with CBS.

On a side note, Jon Stewart has been the host of the Daily Show for almost 20 years, whereas Colbert Report is about to turn 9.
He makes sense in a way as a choice. He's bold and immediately recognizable and people like him. Just like Letterman. I do wonder what concessions he'll have to make format-wise to fit in with CBS.

On a side note, Jon Stewart has been the host of the Daily Show for almost 20 years, whereas Colbert Report is about to turn 9.
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6:55PM on 04/10/2014
Sooo, will he continue doing his character on Late night or...?
Sooo, will he continue doing his character on Late night or...?
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10:11PM on 04/10/2014
nope, he's retiring it
nope, he's retiring it
5:54PM on 04/10/2014

Craigers

Bring back Kilborn....
Bring back Kilborn....
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4:37PM on 04/10/2014
I am surprised...espcially since they picked Colbert right away...I think he will do a better job then Fallon, but then the question is...will he be as creative as Fallon? that remains to be seen because the Late Show is a variety/comedy show..not a political/comedy show...I think Colbert will bring a good strong presents to the show!
I am surprised...espcially since they picked Colbert right away...I think he will do a better job then Fallon, but then the question is...will he be as creative as Fallon? that remains to be seen because the Late Show is a variety/comedy show..not a political/comedy show...I think Colbert will bring a good strong presents to the show!
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3:59PM on 04/10/2014
Is he a great choice? yes. But A. I dont watch late night and that aint about to change. B. The Daily Show suffers cause Stewart and Colbert balance each other. They are a package deal
Is he a great choice? yes. But A. I dont watch late night and that aint about to change. B. The Daily Show suffers cause Stewart and Colbert balance each other. They are a package deal
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12:56PM on 04/10/2014

not surprising

he's been posited as the front-runner since Letterman announced his retirement last week.
he's been posited as the front-runner since Letterman announced his retirement last week.
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6:46AM on 04/11/2014

"Colbert has been the host of Comedy Central's The Colbert Report for almost 20 years"???

Don't you mean "8 years" ? Colbert Report has only been on the air since 2006.

Anyway, haven't watched Letterman for probably 20 years, and so all this means to me is I lose my beloved "Colbert Report". Sounds like bad news to me.
Don't you mean "8 years" ? Colbert Report has only been on the air since 2006.

Anyway, haven't watched Letterman for probably 20 years, and so all this means to me is I lose my beloved "Colbert Report". Sounds like bad news to me.
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6:27PM on 04/10/2014
I wonder who his co-host/sidekick will be. Fallon's is great, and Richter is gold on Conan.
I wonder who his co-host/sidekick will be. Fallon's is great, and Richter is gold on Conan.
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4:18PM on 04/10/2014

The rivalry continues

It's just another step in the long rivalry between Jimmy Fallon and Stephen Colbert. Sure it starts out battling over Ben and Jerry's icecream flavors, now it's late night Network talkshows.
It's just another step in the long rivalry between Jimmy Fallon and Stephen Colbert. Sure it starts out battling over Ben and Jerry's icecream flavors, now it's late night Network talkshows.
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4:08PM on 04/10/2014
The only late night I watch is on Comedy Central, guess I'll have to dvr him on CBS. Now if they would just get rid of that annoying fucking Ferguson hack maybe CBS could redeem itself of all the shitty programming they put out.
The only late night I watch is on Comedy Central, guess I'll have to dvr him on CBS. Now if they would just get rid of that annoying fucking Ferguson hack maybe CBS could redeem itself of all the shitty programming they put out.
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12:54AM on 04/11/2014
Ferguson is hilarious. Much funnier then Fallon, Meyers, and Conan.
Ferguson is hilarious. Much funnier then Fallon, Meyers, and Conan.
3:28PM on 04/10/2014
Having Colbert and Ferguson will be a nice one two punch for late night television. Much better than Fallon and Meyers on NBC.
Having Colbert and Ferguson will be a nice one two punch for late night television. Much better than Fallon and Meyers on NBC.
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12:48PM on 04/10/2014

I just hope that Dave had input over his hiring.

I'm sure he did, but I would like confirmation from Letterman. Truthfully I'm shocked Coco wasn't in the running. Glad he didn't get pushed out like Leno did.
I'm sure he did, but I would like confirmation from Letterman. Truthfully I'm shocked Coco wasn't in the running. Glad he didn't get pushed out like Leno did.
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2:24PM on 04/10/2014
Why? Conan struggled in the ratings when he had that time slot on NBC as Tonight Show host. He has found a home on TBS and I think Stephen Colbert is funnier than Conan by a large margin. It also appeared from his guest appearances that Letterman had a good relationship with Colbert. I think Colbert is simply a better fit for CBS late night and I applaud the selection.
Why? Conan struggled in the ratings when he had that time slot on NBC as Tonight Show host. He has found a home on TBS and I think Stephen Colbert is funnier than Conan by a large margin. It also appeared from his guest appearances that Letterman had a good relationship with Colbert. I think Colbert is simply a better fit for CBS late night and I applaud the selection.
2:46PM on 04/10/2014
Does it really matter?
Does it really matter?
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