Stephen Colbert Will Replace Letterman


Comedian Stephen Colbert will reportedly replace David Letterman as the host of America’s the Late Show.

The 49-year old comedian currently hosts his own political satire show The Colbert Report. He has signed a five-year contract with CBS network bosses to take over from the legendary David.

David Letterman announced his plans to retire from hosting the show earlier in April when his contract runs out in 2015, after more than two decades on the show.

Stephen Colbert is one of the most inventive and respected forces on television,” CBS president Leslie Moonves said in a statement following this announcement.

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.”

On his famous and influential Emmy-winning Comedy Central program, Colbert presents the best of satire and it has drawn positive critical acclaim as well as provoking fury, often from the Republicans and conservatives he mentions.



Recently he was attacked on social media for a joke that some viewed as snide toward Asian Americans but which he meant as a satirical poke at the owner of the Washington Redskins American football team.

Of his hiring to the Late Show hot spot, Colbert said, “simply being a guest on David Letterman’s show has been a highlight of my career.”

I never dreamed that I would follow in his footsteps, though everyone in late night follows Dave’s lead.”

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