It has been announced that Stephen Colbert will become the next host of the Late Show when David Letterman retires.
CBS has named Stephen Colbert as new host of the “Late Show,” effective when David Letterman retires.
Here is the press release:
The CBS Television Network today announced that Stephen Colbert, the host, writer and executive producer of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning “The Colbert Report,” will succeed David Letterman as the host of THE LATE SHOW, effective when Mr. Letterman retires from the broadcast. The five-year agreement between CBS and Colbert was announced by Leslie Moonves, President and CEO, CBS Corporation, and Nina Tassler, Chairman of CBS Entertainment.
Letterman, the legendary, critically acclaimed host of the CBS late night series for 21 years, announced his retirement on his April 3 broadcast. Colbert’s premiere date as host of THE LATE SHOW will be announced after Mr. Lettermen determines a timetable for his final broadcasts in 2015.
Specific creative elements, as well as the producers and the location for the Colbert-hosted LATE SHOW, will be determined and announced at a later date.
I’m torn. On the one hand, I love seeing Colbert getting an effective promotion because it tweaks all the #CancelColbert people who don’t understand satire.
On the other hand, Stephen Colbert is so talented at using humor to expose the dirt and stupidity in politics/news, I really hate to see him moving to a position where he’s just talking to celebrities. I think his impact on the world will be diminished, and that makes me a little sad.