The news is out and Stephen Colbert has been announced as the new host of The Late Show, taking over for David Letterman after he retires.
“Stephen Colbert is one of the most inventive and respected forces on television,” said Leslie Moonves, chief executive of CBS, in a prepared statement. “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.”
“Simply being a guest on David Letterman’s show has been a highlight of my career,” said Colbert in a statement. “I never dreamed that I would follow in his footsteps, though everyone in late night follows Dave’s lead.”
I think it’s great. Stephen Colbert deserves all the good things and I’m looking forward to this new evolution in which he, amazingly, gets to play himself.