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April 10, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

CBS today (Thursday) confirmed widespread rumors that Steven Colbert will succeed David Letterman as host of The Late Show when Letterman retires next year. The announcement was made by CBS chief Les Moonves and Nina Tassler, chairman of CBS Entertainment. “Stephen Colbert is one of the most inventive and respected forces on television,” said Moonves. “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.” Separately Comedy Central issued a statement indicating that Colbert will remain with the cable network until the end of the year. “Comedy Central is proud that the incredibly talented Stephen Colbert has been part of our family for nearly two decades,” it said. “We look forward to the next eight months of the ground-breaking Colbert Report and wish Stephen the very best.” For his part, Colbert said, “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.” He then quipped: “Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go grind a gap in my front teeth.”