That didn’t take long. Last week, David Letterman announced that he would be retiring from his role as the host of Late Show with David Letterman. Now, CBS has announced that Stephen Colbert, who hosts Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report as a fictional version of himself, will take over. (Colbert won’t be playing a character on Late Show.) Letterman will step down sometime next year.
Here’s the CBS press release:
CBS ANNOUNCES STEPHEN COLBERT AS THE NEXT HOST OF “THE LATE SHOW”
The CBS Television Network today announced that 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. The five-year agreement between CBS and Colbert was announced by Leslie Moonves, President and CEO, CBS Corporation, and Nina Tassler, Chairman of CBS Entertainment.