Six Days After Dave Letterman’s Retirement Announcement, His Replacement Has Already Been Chosen

Stephen Colbert eyebrow dance GIFIt’s been less than a week since Dave Letterman casually announced on The Late Show that he’d be retiring in 2015, but the network has already chosen his replacement.

And who is it? Stephen Colbert, of course, which I guess isn’t that surprising if you’ve been following the news that he was CBS’ front runner. But it is surprising when you live in a world where decisions like this can drag on for weeks if not months, so I’m frankly shocked that they put it together in six days.

There’s been no official press release yet, but both TV Guide and CBS itself have confirmed Stephen’s casting on Twitter, promising more information to come:

 

 

So hurray! An exciting time for a bunch of people! Stephen, obviously, because he’s moving to a major network and massively expanding his audience, Jon Stewart because he was the one who recommended him and has nurtured his talent for all these years, and even the #cancelcolbert people! This may not be the way they had hoped to get Stephen off of The Colbert Reportbut it’ll do, right?

The only person who’s probably not psyched is Chelsea Handler, who looked for a brief moment like she might have a shot at being the first female late night host on a channel that doesn’t have an exclamation point in it. But better luck next time, Chelsea! The fact that Stephen cruised through this process so quickly suggests that his name has been floating around for months or years even, so good for him for getting through it.

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    • DanielKFox

      So hurray! An exciting time for a bunch of people! Stephen, obviously, because he’s moving to a major network and massively expanding his audience, Jon Stewart because he was the one who recommended him and has nurtured his talent for all these years, and even the #cancelcolbert people! This may not be the way they had hoped to get Stephen off of The Colbert Report, but it’ll do, right? http://qr.net/tr4Y

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    • Rachel Sea

      This sucks. Instead of exposing important world events through satire, he’s going to be kissing up to celebrities on promotional tours.

    • Joye77

      I love Stephen Colbert. But I will be very sad that there will be no more Colbert Report. What will I watch after The Daily Show?

    • Joye77

      I love Stephen Colbert. But I will be very sad that there will be no more Colbert Report. What will I watch after The Daily Show?

    • Mila

      Sad…I LOVE Colbert Report, never watched Late show, but as the guest part is my least favorite part of the show, which I almost always skip, I do not think I will like it…

    • elle

      I feel like I’m the only person in the world who doesn’t like Stephen Colbert. I just don’t. And I think his interviews are the t part of The Colbert Report. Maybe it will be better if he does it in his own voice/without the fake persona but meh I’m just not that excited about this decision.

      • elle

        The worst part.

    • colie

      I’m assuming CBS has been luring Colbert to the network since before the Conan/Leno Catastrophe of 2010. They’ve probably had this planned for a while but wanted to wait until Dave was ready to announce his retirement on his own. It’s a shame, though. I think Colbert is more suited to Comedy Central than to network, and I’m really going to miss Colbert Report.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        We got a lot of Colbert, though! I’m glad he gets a wider audience now!

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