(CBS) – Stephen Colbert will succeed David Letterman as the host of ‘The Late Show”.
Colbert is the host, writer and executive producer of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning “The Colbert Report,”
Letterman announced he will retire in 2015. President and CEO of CBS Entertainment announced a five-year agreement between CBS and Colbert Thursday.
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. Lettermen determines a timetable for his final broadcasts in 2015.
Colbert says,“I never dreamed that I would follow in his footsteps, though everyone in late night follows Dave’s lead.”
Adding, “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.”
Letterman congratulated Colbert on getting the job.
“Stephen has always been a real friend to me,” said Letterman. “I’m very excited for him, and I’m flattered that CBS chose him. I also happen to know they wanted another guy with glasses.”
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