Stephen Colbert to be next host of "The Late Show"…press release coming
— CBS Tweet (@CBSTweet) April 10, 2014
“Stephen Colbert is one of the most inventive and respected forces on television,” CBS Chairman and CEO Les Moonves said in a statement.
Since Letterman announced his retirement just last week, Colbert was cited by many as a possible replacement, along with Chelsea Handler and Colbert’s Comedy Central comrade Jon Stewart. Just last night, Stewart told Vulture that he was not the man for the job, but that he hoped to see Colbert get the gig. “He is a uniquely talented individual,” Stewart said. “He’s wonderful in Colbert Report, but he’s got gears he hasn’t even shown people yet. He would be remarkable.”
Colbert got his start in comedy at Chicago’s famed Second City where he met Amy Sedaris (herself a frequent guest on The Late Show), with whom he starred on the cult hit Strangers with Candy. Colbert gained widespread appeal as a correspondent for The Daily Show, where he worked for eight years until he got a spin-off program, The Colbert Report, which he has hosted since 2005.