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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. Letterman 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.
“Stephen Colbert is one of the most inventive and respected forces on television,” said Moonves. “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.”
“Stephen is a multi-talented and respected host, writer, producer, satirist and comedian who blazes a trail of thought-provoking conversation, humor and innovation with everything he touches,” said Tassler. ”He is a presence on every stage, with interests and notable accomplishments across a wide spectrum of entertainment, politics, publishing and music. We welcome Stephen to CBS with great pride and excitement, and look forward to introducing him to our network television viewers in late night.”
“Simply being a guest on David Letterman’s show has been a highlight of my career,” said Colbert. “I never dreamed that I would follow in his footsteps, though everyone in late night follows Dave’s lead.”
Adding, “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.”
That should water down his politics. Who doesn't think that is by design?
'Welcome to the main stream Steve… tone it down a little", whisper the network overlords.
Jon Stewart was offered and rejected it. May as well let Stephen go mainstream. He might make it just a little better. Stewart can carry the torch for no punches held comedy….
ETA: I saw the headline for the yvid you posted...
I bought copies of his book for my entire family. Have you read it?? Awesomeness.
Truthiness like nobody's business.
He also spoke at my kid's graduation from college - it was wonderful. - See more at: www.abovetopsecret.com...
Moonves says Colbert will not portray his Comedy Central character when he hosts the late-night show.
The news will leave a big gap in the lineup at Comedy Central, which has aired "The Colbert Report" since 2005. The network issued the following statement Thursday: "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."
So I wonder will he be playing himself or the right wing character he has been developing for years?
Everything about his show and his on screen persona will be watered down and censored. To me this is actually bad news, being a fan of all the different bits he does (owned by Comedy Central, no doubt.) Isn't CBS the network with the most elderly viewership? They are not his current audience...
That's all Colbert currently is - politics and blatantly partisan ones at that. - See more at: www.abovetopsecret.com...