It appears that the Eye Network had its ear to the ground and actually listened. CBS announced on Thursday that Stephen Colbert the host of Comedy Central’s acclaimed news satire “The Colbert Report” will replace David Letterman when he retires in 2015 as host of “The Late Show”. Letterman announced his plans to retire last week which caused widespread speculation as to who would be tapped to succeed him. One ideas that gained popularity among critics and viewers alike; picking a host that could lure younger viewers and be more competitive with “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live”. Stephen Colbert’s definitely fits the bill as his show attracts a younger audience.
In a statement released by CBS Chairman and CEO Leslie Moonves says in part;
Stephen Colbert is one of the most inventive and respected forces on television. 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.
Since 2005, Colbert has been presenting his on comedic take on politics and network pundits on “The Colbert Report” a spin-off of “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”. According to TVbytheNumbers, Colbert averages more than 1.1 million viewers in the key demographic of young adults. In the statement released by CBS, Colbert said,
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.
The statement CBS released didn’t give specifics of Colbert’s deal or if Letterman had any input on the decision. Letterman still hasn’t nailed down an end date of the show he’s hosted on CBS for the last 21 years.