"Truthiness" became truth today (April 10) when CBS announced Stephen Colbert as the next host of Late Show, confirming rampant Internet rumors that he'd take the job hosting the late-night talk show when David Letterman retires in 2015.
As one era begins, though, another closes. Stephen's new Late Show gig means the end of his current late-night show, The Colbert Report. In a press release, Comedy Central praised Stephen's work: "Comedy Central is proud that the incredibly talented Stephen Colbert has been part of our family for nearly two decades. We look forward to the next eight months of the ground-breaking Colbert Report and wish Stephen the very best."
According to Entertainment Weekly, the 49-year-old comedian met this morning with the Colbert Report staff and told them that they would all be invited to work on Late Night.
Before Report, Stephen perfected his comedic chops as a member of the improv company Second City, a cast member of Strangers With Candy, and a correspondent on The Daily Show. He's also the author of I Am America (And So Can You!) and sequel America Again: Re-becoming The Greatness We Never Weren't.
CBS could hardly be more excited to have Stephen onboard, as evidenced by its press release.
"Stephen Colbert is one of the most inventive and respected forces on television," said CBS president Leslie Moonves, while chairman Nina Tassler raved that Stephen is "a multi-talented and respected host, writer, producer, satirist, and comedian who blazes a trail of thought-provoking conversation, humor, and innovation with everything he touches.”
And for his part, Stephen is grateful to the network and to his predecessor: "Simply being a guest on David Letterman's show has been a highlight of my career. 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."
Source: Entertainment Weekly