On Thursday, news began to surface that Stephen Colbert was tabbed as the replacement for David Letterman on The Late Show on CBS, and it didn’t take long for CBS to confirm the breaking news.
Colbert has previously served as the host, writer and executive producer for “The Colbert Report” on Comedy Central.
CBS shared a press release confirming the news, where Colbert shared how grateful he was to take the next step in his career.
“Simply being a guest on David Letterman’s show has been a highlight of my career,” said Colbert in the release. “I never dreamed that I would follow in his footsteps, though everyone in late night follows Dave’s lead.
“I’m thrilled & grateful that CBS chose me. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go grind a gap in my front teeth.”
The exact time that Colbert will take over for Letterman has yet to be announced.
“Stephen Colbert is one of the most inventive and respected forces on television,” said Leslie Moonves, President and CEO, CBS Corporation. “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.”
Letterman previously announced that he will be stepping down from his position on The Late Show in 2015.
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