Stephen Colbert to Replace David Letterman on 'The Late Show'


Stephen Colbert to Replace David Letterman on 'The Late Show'


Update: Right after this story was published, Comedy Central issued a statement confirming that the 'The Colbert Report' will end in eight months, placing the final episode somewhere in December.

Just one week ago, David Letterman made the sudden announcement that he would be retiring from 'The Late Show' in 2015, after two decades on the air. While Letterman's decision was not entirely unexpected (rumors of Letterman's departure have followed the now 66-year-old comedian for several years), many viewers were still taken aback by the "out of nowhere" nature of the announcement.

Of course, Dave's decree led directly to another topic, that being just who would replace the longest serving late night host in TV history. The obvious choice seemed to be Craig Ferguson, who's served as Letterman's 12:30 lead-out since 2005.

Stephen Colbert to Replace David Letterman on 'The Late Show'

However, reports quickly surfaced that Comedy Central funnyman Stephen Colbert was CBS' top pick for the 11:30 slot. At the time, both sides declined comment, but it's now apparent that was only due to them still crossing the T's and dotting the I's on the contract. Today, CBS made things official: Stephen Colbert will be the new host of 'The Late Show.'

Colbert has signed a five-year deal with CBS, meaning he will (theoretically, we all remember what happened to Conan O'Brien) get five years to win over the 11:30 audience. While 'The Colbert Report' does indeed already air in that timeslot, the difference between the current 'Late Show' audience and Comedy Central's much younger demographic cannot be overstated.

Stephen Colbert to Replace David Letterman on 'The Late Show'

Colbert will likely have to adjust his comedy style greatly on broadcast television, and be much less cerebral and politically focused. His guests will also likely go from being mostly politicians, authors, and scientists to whoever is starring in the latest Hollywood blockbuster. That leads us to another important question: Will the notoriously loyal 'Colbert Nation' follow Stephen to CBS, a place where he'll no longer be able to form satirical SuperPacs or spend an entire segment "better knowing" a district?

One also has to wonder where this leaves Ferguson, especially considering the recent rumors that Chelsea Handler was being courted to take over 'The Late Late Show' once her E! program wraps up. Ferguson has made no overt mention of wanting to step down from late night completely, meaning that CBS would have to publicly force him out after almost a decade of service. If nothing else, it's clear that the late night landscape is about to get even more interesting.

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Written by: msd85
Apr 10th, 2014, 10:04 am

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Message Posted On Apr 11th, 2014, 10:13 am

I'm afraid that Stephen Colbert's genius will be lost on the Late Show.  Maybe he feels like he will be "stepping up."  I fear he will be stepping off a hugh cliff and he won't survive the fall.  Oh, he may change enough, become "vanilla" enough, to continue as David's replacement.  You will be missed Mr. Colbert.


Message Posted On Apr 11th, 2014, 12:23 am
So #cancelcolbert has won in the end :-(

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Message Posted On Apr 11th, 2014, 12:13 am

Wait what?!? I love The Colbert Report, but I don't think it's a good idea for anybody (well except the money you know) ... are we gonna see the real Stephen Colbert or the character Stephen Colbert? I don't think the latter would work without politics and with stupid "celebrity" as guest. Anyway good luck I will certenly give him a try.


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Message Posted On Apr 10th, 2014, 9:52 pm

Never have been much ove a Colbet fan. I was hoping it would have been Ellen... I guess I'll end up watching Kmmel then switch over to Craig... Fallon has never been a 11:30 talk show guy. He's more a skit guy then a host.


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Message Posted On Apr 10th, 2014, 7:01 pm

While I'm hapyp for Colbet and The Late Show's audience, I'm incredibly sad to see The Colbert Report go. I was so hoping it he would carry the show on for as long as Stewart took sterwardship of The Daily Show. At the very least, I wish we got another year. It seems almost abrupt. It was the perfect companion piece to The Daily Show and greatly offered a solid double course of political satire. What am I going to have to follow The Daily Show now? @midnight? No, thank you. I'm sure the stuff he does on The Report cannot be effectively carried over to a standard talk show. I don't really care for talk shows, regardless of how funny the host is, so I can't imagine I'll have much reason to follow. It's going to be a painful Decemeber.


Message Posted On Apr 10th, 2014, 1:36 pm
Only drunks and meth addicts watch anything past 10pm.

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