Exactly one week after David Letterman announced his retirement, CBS has named Stephen Colbert as his successor.
Colbert, who is the host, writer, and executive producer of “The Colbert Report” will replace Letterman in 2015.
“Stephen Colbert is one of the most inventive and respected forces on television,” CBS Chairman and CEO Les Moonves said in a statement Thursday. “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.”
The 49-year-old Colbert, who signed a five-year deal, said in a statement: “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. 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.”
It should be noted that Colbert will not portray his Comedy Central character when he hosts the Late Show, and his departure will leave a gap in the Comedy Central line up. The network has aired “The Colbert Report” since 2005.
“The Colbert Report” has earned two Peabody Awards and 27 Emmy nominations. In 2013, it won the Emmy for outstanding variety series. The series took home Emmy wins for outstanding writing for a variety, music or comedy program in 2008, 2010 and 2013.
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