Stephen Colbert to replace David Letterman as Late Show host

Comedian Stephen Colbert has been tapped to replace David Letterman as the host of America’s the Late Show. The 49 year old, who currently fronts his own political satire show The Colbert Report, has signed a five-year deal with CBS network executives to take over from the late night legend.
Letterman announced plans last week (ends04Apr14) to retire from the popular New York-based talk show once his contract runs out in 2015, after more than two decades on the programme.
Reacting to the news on Thursday (10Apr14), Colbert says, “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.”
CBS president and CEO Leslie Moonves adds, “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.”
The news will come as a disappointment for actor Tracy Morgan, after he lobbied for the job during a Thursday morning interview on U.S show Today, saying, “I’m throwing myself in the mix!”