CBS Names Stephen Colbert As Next ‘Late Show’ Host

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New Late Show Host Stephen Colbert (Photo Credit Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

New Late Show Host Stephen Colbert (Photo Credit Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- The new face of late night is … Stephen Colbert.

The CBS Television Network announced Thursday that Stephen Colbert, the host, writer and executive producer of  “The Colbert Report,” will succeed David Letterman as the host of “The Late Show.”

Colbert will take over for Letterman when he retires from the broadcast in 2015.

“Stephen Colbert is one of the most inventive and respected forces on television,” said Les Moonves, President and CEO, CBS Corporation. “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.”

“Stephen is a multi-talented and respected host, writer, producer, satirist and comedian who blazes a trail of thought-provoking conversation, humor and innovation with everything he touches,” said Nina Tassler, Chairman of CBS Entertainment. “We welcome Stephen to CBS with great pride and excitement, and look forward to introducing him to our network television viewers in late night.”

“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.”

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