Stephen Colbert Replacing David Letterman on The Late Show

By April Lara | 4 years ago
Stephen Colbert Replacing David Letterman on The Late Show
Stephen Colbert in New York City at Border’s signing copies for his book “I Am America (And So Can You!) November 2007. Wikimedia Commons/David Shankbone

Stephen Colbert is replacing David Letterman on “The Late Show.” Letterman is set to retire in 2015 and CBS announced that Colbert of “The Colbert Report” will take over his show.

After 33 years of being in the business, Letterman announced   that he’s leaving “The Late Show.” He’s a legend but we all know that all good things come to an end. It’s time for the man to rest and maybe do some traveling?

As for Colbert, he seems so pleased with this new job of replacing David Letterman on “The Late Show.” In a statement  published on The Star, Colbert expressed his excitement over his being chosen to succeed Letterman.

“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 grind a gap in my front teeth,” said Colbert.

Letterman also issued a statement on how he’s taking the news of Colbert as his replacement. It was published on CNN.

“Stephen has always been a real friend to me. I’m very excited for him, and I’m flattered that CBS chose him. I also happen to know they wanted another guy with glasses,” said Letterman.

In August 2015, Letterman’s contract will expire and it will not be renewed anymore as “The Late Show” host will now take the path to retirement. He’s more than happy to pass on the job to Colbert.

However, the final show date of “The Late Show” has not been released. Letterman’s exact date of exit from the show is still unknown. We do hope to see him until the latter part of 2015, though. However, it is possible that he opted for an earlier exit.

One question is unanswered, though. Who’s going to replace Colbert in “The Colbert Report?”

“The Colbert Report” will run through December 2014 and during its run, producers will start looking for a new host. It is still unknown who they’re eyeing for to take Colbert’s position.

In an announcement, CBS said that they have a 5-year agreement with Colbert yet his premiere on the show will be announced at a later date. It’s still in the early days but we wonder how people are going to take this change in 2015? Let’s just hope that Stephen Colbert replacing David Letterman on “The Late Show” is all for the best.


About the author

April Lara has a degree in Journalism and Professional Culinary Arts. She started a career in Journalism in 2009 and has been part of MNG since March 2015.