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Stephen Colbert To Take Over David Letterman's Late Show

The Colbert Report host is to succeed David Letterman upon the latter's retirement in 2015

By Andrea Tim | Published: 14 Apr 2014

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Yesterday, the CBS Television Network announced that Stephen Colbert will be taking over the reins at The Late Show when current host David Letterman retires sometime in 2015.

While Stephen's premiere date has yet to be confirmed, he has already signed a five-year contract with CBS for his hosting duties on The Late Show. He is currently host of The Colbert Report, another late night TV programme that airs on Comedy Central.

"Simply being a guest on David Letterman's show has been a highlight of my career,” said Stephen, who appeared on David's show in 2012. "I never dreamed that I would follow in his footsteps, though everyone in late night follows Dave's lead."

David, who has been hosting The Late Show With David Letterman since 1993, announced his retirement on his 3 April show. He noted that he and music director Paul Shaffer have done 4014 Late Show episodes together.

Including his time at NBC's The David Letterman Show and CBS's Late Night With David Letterman, David did the math and said, "Roughly, I have spent half my time behind this desk... And more importantly, that means I've spent half my life in makeup."


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