Stephen Colbert is the New Host of Late Show. Following the signing of a five year contract, Stephen Colbert will take over the hosting duties of CBS‘ Late Show with David Letterman. The show will, presumably, now be called Late Show with Stephan Colbert. Stephen Colbert will take over the day after David Letterman steps down from his hosting duties.
With David Letterman’s announcement that he was retiring last week, Colbert name was on the tip of many people’s tongues about taking over the hosting duties of Late Show.
More on how this came to be:
Colbert was said to be well-liked by CBS Corp. CEO Leslie Moonves, and his contract at Comedy Central was coming up at the end of this year.
CEO Leslie Moonves and CBS Entertainment chairman Nina Tassler had this to say about their choice of Colbert:
‘Stephen Colbert is one of the most inventive and respected forces on television,’ said Moonves today. ‘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.’
What Stephen Colbert had to say about his new job:
‘Simply being a guest on David Letterman’s show has been a highlight of my career,’ Colbert said in today’s announcement. ‘I never dreamed that I would follow in his footsteps, though everyone in late night follows Dave’s lead.’ He added: ‘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.’
On Stephen Colbert’s comedic background:
Colbert, a Second City alum, was a correspondent on Jon Stewart’s Daily Show team for eight seasons before spinning off Colbert Report in 2005. The show has two Peabody Awards and earned 27 Emmy nominations, winning four times — including for Outstanding Variety Series last year when it broke The Daily Show’s 10-year winning streak. Colbert’s two books have been New York Times bestsellers and he has two Grammys, for spoken word and best comedy album.
Two lingering questions remain: 1.) who will now host The Colbert Report on Comedy Central now? and 2.) will the Late Show with Stephen Colbert remain in NYC or move to LA?
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