President and CEO of CBS Les Moonves announced today that the network has signed a five-year agreement with Stephen Colbert to take over Late Show when David Letterman retires in 2015. There is no exact date for Letterman’s retirement yet. When Colbert told his staff at The Colbert Report about the deal, the entire crew agreed to move with him from Comedy Central to CBS.
“Simply being a guest on David Letterman’s show has been a highlight of my career,” said Colbert. “I never dreamed that I would follow in his footsteps, though everyone in late night follows Dave’s lead.”
Adding, “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.”
Colbert will not play the character "Stephen Colbert" as he does on The Colbert Report, but will be himself.
Rush Limbaugh says, "CBS has just declared war on the heartland of America.”
Jon Stewart thinks it’s a great choice.
In a poll of Neatorama readers last weekend, Colbert came in second to Neil Patrick Harris.