CBS announced Thursday that Stephen Colbert will replace Dave Letterman as host of The Late Show in 2015. The network has made a five year deal with the Comedy Central vet.
“Stephen Colbert is one of the most inventive and respected forces on television,” CBS’ CEO said. “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 of what he has established for CBS in late night.”
Following Jay Leno’s retirement in February, Dave announced on April 3 that he’d be leaving his job as late night host once his contract was up next year. Stephen worked on The Daily Show until 2005 before creating his spinoff, The Colbert Report.
“Simply being a guest on Dave Letterman’s show has been a highlight of my career,” he gushed. “I never dreamed that I would follow in his footsteps, though everyone in late night follow’s 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!”
Dave’s exact retirement date, along with Stephen’s start date, have yet to be announced.