It was only one week ago that David Letterman announced he’d be retiring from The Late Show after 22 years as host. And CBS wasted no time in lining up his successor.
The network announced Thursdsay morning that Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert will be taking over the coveted position.
And they’re confident with their decision, signing The Colbert Report host to a five year contract.
“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. 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.”
“Stephen Colbert is one of the most inventive and respected forces on television,” said CBS President Les Moonves. “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.”
Specific 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.