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.
“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:
- Go Ahead, Give David Letterman’s Gig to Another White Guy
- The Many White Men of Late Night
- Why Ellen Would Be Perfect in Dave’s 11:30pm Slot
This post has been updated.