Stephen Colbert to take over as "Late Show" host

"The Colbert Report" host will replace David Letterman in 2015

Published April 10, 2014 4:05PM (EDT)

Stephen Colbert will replace David Letterman as "Late Show" host in 2015. CNN'S Brian Stetler tweeted that CBS has given the current "Colbert Report" host a five-year contract.

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

Rumors that CBS was eyeing Colbert as "Late Show" host began floating last week, just after Letterman announced his retirement. "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart told Vulture last night that Colbert will be a "remarkable" host and is a "uniquely talented individual."

“He’s got some skill sets that are really applicable, interviewing-wise, but also he’s a really, really good actor and also an excellent improvisational comedian," said Stewart." He’s also got great writing skills. He’s got a lot of the different capacities. Being able to expand upon [those] would be exciting."

By Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at

MORE FROM Prachi Gupta

Related Topics ------------------------------------------

Cbs Colbert Report David Letterman Late Show Stephen Colbert