Stephen Colbert to Replace David Letterman

by Andrew Johnson

CBS officially announced Stephen Colbert will replace Late Show host David Letterman when he steps down next year. Colbert had been speculated to be one of the immediate front-runners to replace the late-night legend thanks to his near-decade of serving as host of Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report.

On his Comedy Central show, Colbert embodies a persona satirizing conservative cable-news hosts. One would think Colbert will drop the shtick when he moves to broadcast television in an effort to appeal to a wider audience.

CNN’s Brian Stetler reports that Colbert will get a five-year contract with CBS.

“Simply being a guest on David Letterman’s show has been a highlight of my career,” Colbert said in a statement. “I never dreamed that I would follow in his footsteps, though everyone in late night follows Dave’s lead.”

“Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go grind a gap in my front teeth,” he quipped.   

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