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Stephen Colbert replacing David Letterman on ‘The Late Show’

Stephen Colbert replacing David Lettterman

Stephen Colbert replacing David Letterman 

Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert has just been announced as the replacement for David Letterman on “The Late Show.” CBS released a statement today, Thursday, April 10, confirming that the job would go to Colbert.

“Stephen Colbert, the host, writer and executive producer of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning “The Colbert Report,” will succeed David Letterman as the host of “The Late Show”, effective when Mr. Letterman retires from the broadcast,” said the network.

“Letterman, the legendary, critically acclaimed host of the CBS late night series for 21 years, announced his retirement on his April 3 broadcast. Colbert’s premiere date as host of “The Late Show” will be announced after Mr. Lettermen determines a timetable for his final broadcasts in 2015,” CBS execs added.

Stephen Colbert replacing David Lettterman

The news has since been confirmed by Colbert himself who expressed his excitement in a statement and gibed about having to “grind a gap” in his teeth to look like Letterman.

“Simply being a guest on David Letterman’s show has been a highlight of my career,” said Colbert. “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,” he added.

“The Late Show” is broadcast weeknights on the CBS Television Network from 11:35 PM – 12:37 AM, ET/PT.

-danielle canada