By HUNTER TUNAC
After David Letterman announced that he would be retiring as host from The Late Show sometime during 2015, CBS also had an announcement to make. Stephen Colbert would be taking over the The Late Show and following in the footsteps of Letterman. Colbert has been the host of Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report since 2005, so hosting a show won’t be a new thing for Colbert. Would he still use the character from Comedy Central? To some, sadly, that would be a no.
Colbert has been mentioned as the most plausible candidate to take Letterman’s place on The Late Show. With the announcement from Letterman about his retirement, Colbert swiftly became the consensus pick for the show. Letterman was very happy that Colbert was chosen to take his place. In a statement, Letterman showed his support for CBS’ decision, saying that Colbert had “always been a real friend to me. I’m very excited for him, and I’m flattered that CBS chose him,” Letterman said. “I also happen to know they wanted another guy with glasses.” Also Les Moonves, President and CEO of CBS Corps., stated “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.”
Sadly however, The Late Show would compete with his current show’s timeslot, thus once he moves to The Late Show, Colbert would no longer be doing the Colbert Report or have his friend Jon Stewart as a lead in with his show, The Daily Show. We all look forward to what Colbert will bring to The Late Show and even he had that last laugh about the announcement.
“Simply being a guest on David Letterman’s show has been a highlight of my career,” he said. “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.” We are sad to hear The Colbert Report will eventually end but we wait hopefully for Colbert on The Late Show.