Well, that was quick.
Just a week after David Letterman announced his retirement on April 3, CBS has made its “Late Show” host replacement official today: Stephen Colbert will take over for Letterman in 2015.
Colbert signed a 5-year contract with CBS, according to a release from the network, with a start date to coincide with Letterman’s yet-to-be-announced final show.
“Stephen Colbert is one of the most inventive and respected forces on television,” Leslie Moonves, president and CEO of CBS Corporation said in the statement. “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.”
Colbert humbly acknowledged the new deal in the CBS statement, remarking that being a guest on the “Late Show with David Letterman” “has been a highlight of his career.”
“I never dreamed that I would follow in his footsteps, though everyone in late night follows Dave’s lead,” Colbert added.
Colbert, who is currently the host of Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report,” will join the likes of Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon in the 11:35 late-night timeslot. Both hosts congratulated Colbert on the new role.
I'd like to welcome the great @StephenAtHome to network late night and also congratulate him on his new name: Jimmy Colbert.— jimmy fallon (@jimmyfallon) April 10, 2014