One is a legend in the television ranks. The other is so popular that his show taking a hiatus is newsworthy. One is the face of a network, and the other is about to replace the face of a network. David Letterman is retiring from Late Night, and his replacement has been finalized. Cable superstar Stephen Colbert will be replacing David Letterman after Letterman retires in 2015.
“I never dreamed that I would follow in his footsteps, though everyone in late night follows Dave’s lead,” said Colbert via Entertainment Weekly. “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.”
As for The Colbert Report, and the politically active caricature/character of Stephen Colbert, that’s not going to come along with him. Indeed, Colbert will be himself, or at least some different version of himself, during his late-night CBS talk show. I can only assume this will mean the end of his Comedy Central program. I kind of doubt that Comedy Central and CBS will share Colbert, especially considering he signed a 5-year contract with CBS and his taking the entire staff of the Colbert Report with him to network TV.
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