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Stephen Colbert Tapped to Replace David Letterman

Posted by on Apr. 10, 2014 at 3:49 PM
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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. ...
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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:
by on Apr. 10, 2014 at 3:49 PM
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tanyainmizzou
by on Apr. 10, 2014 at 3:53 PM

I hope he lasts longer than Conan on The Tonight Show, but it isn't going to work.

snookyfritz
by Platinum Member on Apr. 10, 2014 at 4:16 PM

Works for me.  He's a great interviewer

gkcathey
by Member on Apr. 10, 2014 at 4:18 PM

I'm just wondering when that train wreck with Seth Myers is going to derail.  Gah, couldn't be more awful. 

jcrew6
by Gold Member on Apr. 10, 2014 at 4:19 PM
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LOL.  Colbert isn't that great. But, then again neither is CBS.

tanyainmizzou
by on Apr. 10, 2014 at 4:24 PM

In his character.


That isn't going to work for the 10:30 CT slot.

Quoting snookyfritz:

Works for me.  He's a great interviewer


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I am so spoiled.
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by Silver Member on Apr. 10, 2014 at 4:26 PM
I read he won't be in character.

Seth Meyers isn't doing as well as I had hoped for him either.


Quoting tanyainmizzou:

In his character.

That isn't going to work for the 10:30 CT slot.

Quoting snookyfritz:

Works for me.  He's a great interviewer

Donna6503
by Platinum Member on Apr. 10, 2014 at 4:27 PM
If CBS wanted a rating boon; they would hire Pat Robinson, not that he would be any good .... But seeing New Yorkers react to him, would be so entertaining.
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snookyfritz
by Platinum Member on Apr. 10, 2014 at 4:35 PM
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No, he's out of character sometimes.  I think he's a great, moral guy and he deserves this. 

Quoting tanyainmizzou:

In his character.


That isn't going to work for the 10:30 CT slot.

Quoting snookyfritz:

Works for me.  He's a great interviewer



momtoscott
by Platinum Member on Apr. 10, 2014 at 4:47 PM
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I think this is a waste of Colbert's talent and it just feels like the wrong fit for him.  Love him on the Report.  

Momniscient
by Ruby Member on Apr. 10, 2014 at 4:58 PM

Cool.

I love Colbert but never watch David Letterman so... maybe I'll make an effort to watch The Late Show.

But I liked Letterman too so... Damn.

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