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Stephen Colbert Tapped to Replace David Letterman

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Stephen Colbert visits “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” at Rockefeller Center on February 21, 2013 in New York City.

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It’s official: Stephen Colbert will take over the Late Show next year after David Letterman calls it quits. Here’s the statement from CBS announcing the big news:

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. …

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. Special 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.

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“Simply being a guest on David Letterman’s show has been a highlight of my career,” Colbert said in a statement. “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.”

I’m sure Slate will have much more on the late-night news later, but for now a sampling of our past coverage:

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This post has been updated.

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