Jon Stewart called it! A week after David Letterman revealed he was retiring from ‘The Late Show’ in 2015, CBS officially announced on April 10 that the Comedy Central funnyman would be taking over.
Say goodbye to Stephen Colbert‘s satirical right-wing persona — the Comedy Central host will presumably be shedding it as he moves from his show, The Colbert Report, to The Late Show to replace David Letterman when he retires in 2015.
Stephen Colbert: The Next Host Of ‘The Late Show’
CBS announced that the Emmy-winning funnyman would be replacing the late night legend on April 10, according to our sister site Variety. The announcement comes exactly one week after Letterman shockingly revealed that he would be stepping down as host — a gig he’s held since 1992 — in 2015.
Stephen, 49, has been the host of his own show, The Colbert Report, since 2005. Over the show’s nine seasons, Stephen’s satirical character — a rip-off of Fox News’ radical right-wing anchor Bill O’Reilly — has become a critical and popular success, for which he’s won for multiple Emmys, Television Critics’ Choice Awards, and Peabody Awards.
After the announcement, Comedy Central released a statement congratulating their longtime host: “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 groundbreaking Colbert Report and wish Stephen the very best.” Stephen meanwhile, had his own classically humorous statement: “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.”
Sounds like he’s already working on his jokes! Taking over Late Night will definitely be an adjustment for Stephen but thankfully he has some time to get used to the idea.
“Colbert Show will run through mid-December,” a source tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY.
And at least there will be plenty of familiar faces around when he does make the big move to Late Night.
“Stephen emailed his whole cast and crew and said he’s taking them with him when the season is over,” another insider tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY.
How nice of him! They must be so overjoyed!
Jon Stewart: Stephen Colbert Will Be ‘Amazing’ As ‘Late Show’ Host
After Letterman’s retirement announcement, many big names were floated as potential replacements — Chelsea Handler, Tina Fey, Louis C.K. — but Stephen wasn’t really at the very top of expert lists. That is, until his fellow Comedy Central host, Jon Stewart, campaigned for him.
He would be “amazing” for the job, Jon told Vulture on April 9. “He is a uniquely talented individual. He’s wonderful in Colbert Report, but he’s got gears he hasn’t even shown people yet. He would be remarkable.” The Daily Show host may have known about this all along, but even still, these quotes alone have us psyched to see what Stephen can bring to the table as the host of The Late Show.
What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Is Stephen the right man for the job? Let us know!
— Andrew Gruttadaro