Tags: stephen colbert | david letterman | late show

Stephen Colbert Tapped to Replace Letterman as Host of 'Late Show'

Image: Stephen Colbert Tapped to Replace Letterman as Host of 'Late Show'

Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 01:47 PM

By Clyde Hughes

CBS announced Thursday that Stephen Colbert, who has been host of "The Colbert Report" on Comedy Central since 2005, will replace David Letterman on "The Late Show" when the legendary host retires next year.

Letterman announced his retirement on his CBS show last week after 21 years on the air, though he did not mention a specific date for his 2015 departure.

Urgent: Do You Approve Or Disapprove of President Obama's Job Performance? Vote Now in Urgent Poll

"Stephen Colbert is one of the most inventive and respected forces on television," CBS President Leslie Moonves said of the Emmy Award-winning talk show host in a statement on Thursday, according to The Huffington Post. "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."

"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," Nina Tassler, CBS' entertainment chair, added.

The announcement comes at an interesting time for Colbert, who had been dogged by a campaign on Twitter to cancel his Comedy Central show after he made a supposedly racist joke about the Washington Redskins and then posted another reportedly racist tweet referencing his joke.

Colbert won an Emmy win for outstanding variety series last year and three Emmys for outstanding writing for a variety, music, or comedy show in 2008, 2010, and 2013. 

Colbert spent eight years as a correspondent on Jon Stewart's "The Daily Show" before he got his own program.

Urgent: Assess Your Heart Attack Risk in Minutes. Click Here.

Related Stories:

© 2015 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

Boeing Air Force One Fleet: 747-8s to Replace Current Presidential Jets

Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 13:47 PM

Two Boeing 747-8 aircrafts will replace the current Air Force One fleet of presidential jets, the U.S. Air Force said on . . .

Taylor Swift Trademarks 'Party Like It's 1989,' but Not 'Shake It Off'

Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 13:22 PM

Taylor Swift has moved to trademark a number of phrases from her latest album, "1989," including "Party Like It's 1989"  . . .

Dartmouth's Hard Alcohol Ban, Other New Rules Seek to Curb Misconduct

Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 13:04 PM

Dartmouth announced this week it is banning hard liquor on campus and mandating that students take part in a sexual viol . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved