Thank you god, for not picking Chelsea Handler. Just kidding, we knew (hoped) it was going to be Colbert all along.
According to an announcement made by CBS today, the coveted spot left by David Letterman on Late Show will be going to Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert in 2015.
“Stephen Colbert is one of the most inventive and respected forces on television,” said Les Moonves, CEO of CBS, in a press release. “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.”
“Stephen is a multi-talented and respected host, writer, producer, satirist and comedian who blazes a trail of thought-provoking conversation, humor and innovation with everything he touches,” said Tassler. ”He is a presence on every stage, with interests and notable accomplishments across a wide spectrum of entertainment, politics, publishing and music. We welcome Stephen to CBS with great pride and excitement, and look forward to introducing him to our network television viewers in late night.”
“Simply being a guest on David Letterman’s show has been a highlight of my career,” said Mr. Colbert, who has not said whether or not he will be doing the show in character. “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.”
This also means the new late night wars will be between Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon, which will be more interesting than the stale Leno/Letterman fight. Both these men bring much different brands of comedy to the table…Fallon as a more populist choice, Colbert as a more arch intellectual. So maybe…not that different after all.