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Stephen Colbert named as David Letterman's replacement for 'The Late Show'

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David Letterman has been a staple in the late night line-up for decades. When he announced he would be retiring in 2015, there was a collective sigh among fans. For several days after the announcement rumors spread like wildfire naming possible replacements for Letterman. According to an April 10 report from E! Online, Stephen Colbert will be replacing David Letterman next year. While this isn't a huge shock, many fans are wondering whether or not Colbert is up for the task.

The main concern with someone like Stephen Colbert hosting “The Late Show” is whether or not he can outshine the character he plays. A Newsday report asked readers whether or not they think Colbert could break character and allow his real self to shine through. Fans of Colbert know he is a funny guy both on or off set, leading them to believe he is the perfect choice for the job.

“The Late Show with David Letterman” has been a huge influence for many of today's comedians. Through many changes with other late shows, Letterman always remained the same. There was a comfort in knowing that turning on CBS would bring laughs and crazy antics for at least one hour in the day. Letterman's top 10 lists are something fans will miss for sure. Several celebrities have spoken out about how Letterman impacted their career and how much they will miss him.

Right now there is no actual date for when Stephen Colbert will take over “The Late Show.” Fans anticipate that is may be as early as January of 2015. With Letterman's retirement inevitable, he is trying to finish out his days on top. Only time will tell if Colbert has what it takes to replace Letterman, but there is a huge fan base out there ready and willing to watch him give it a shot.