NEW YORK (April 10, 2014) Stephen Colbert of “The Colbert Report” fame has signed a five-year deal to host “The Late Show” after David Letterman retires next year, CBS announced Thursday.
Letterman announced last week that he plans to retire next year after 21 years as host.
“Stephen Colbert is one of the most inventive and respected forces on television,” CBS President and CEO Leslie 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.”
Letterman’s announcement triggered coast-to-coast speculation about likely successors, and Colbert’s name was on the top of most lists.
“Simply being a guest on David Letterman’s show has been a highlight of my career,” Colbert said.
“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.”