CBS has confirmed that Comedy Central staple Stephen Colbert will replace the retiring David Letterman as host of The Late Show sometime in 2015.
The host, writer and executive producer of The Colbert Report will take over for Letterman when he retires from the broadcast at some point next year.
A five-year deal between CBS and Colbert was announced by Leslie Moonves, CBS President & CEO, and Nina Tassler, Chairman of CBS Entertainment.
Letterman announced his retirement April 3. The legendary comedian and critically acclaimed host of The Late Show has hosted the series for 21 years.
Colbert’s premiere date is unknown, but it will obviously occur after Letterman determines a timetable for his final farewell tour broadcasts in 2015.
CBS added that specific creative elements, as well as the producers and the location for the Colbert-hosted Late Show, are still to be determined and announced.
Not like there’s a rush, given that this is a year away if not more. It’s a small wonder the network announced this so quickly and didn’t let the buzz build. Oh well.
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