Posted in TV | comedy on April 10, 2014

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David Letterman announced last week that he'd be retiring in 2015, and today CBS has announced his replacement: Stephen Colbert! Said Colbert in an official statement:

Simply being a guest on David Letterman's show has been a highlight of my career. I never dreamed that I would follow in his footsteps, though everyone in late night follows 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.
No other news has been announced yet, but tonight's The Colbert Report -- with guest Sting -- should now be interesting.

New question: what will replace The Colbert Report on Comedy Central?

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Comments (45)

Is he gonna drop the character though? Weird.

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2014 12:15 PM

Yes, he's going to drop the character.

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2014 12:17 PM

He went out of character from time to time on the Report, so I don't think it'll be that jarring.

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2014 12:18 PM

When did he ever go out of character?

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2014 12:20 PM

Is he going to make fun of asians?

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2014 12:21 PM

Interesting but not that my favorite. I was intrigued by the kind of humor this man is up to.

Posted by Lindsay Rosenwald | April 10, 2014 12:22 PM

They should have got Jon stewart, colbert sucks

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2014 12:25 PM

Colbert is awesome

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2014 12:26 PM

They should have got Craig Kilborn

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2014 12:29 PM

Interesting choice. Definitely will boost the ratings and get a younger audience watching.

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2014 12:29 PM

#CancelChingChongDingDong

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2014 12:30 PM

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Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2014 12:32 PM

Letterman was great at adlibing, something that Leno and most other late night hosts lacked/lack. Cobert is perhaps even better at being spontaneous and adlibing. Good choice.

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2014 12:34 PM

#cancelsueypark

Posted by Seymour | April 10, 2014 12:35 PM

Colbert is great out of character. Funny and nice guy all around, happy to see him get this.

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2014 12:48 PM

The colbert report was perfect. Now he's going to drop everything that was unique and challenging and innovative about the show to be just another old white guy interviewing the kardashians and introducing kings of leon? This is a fucking nightmare.

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2014 1:02 PM

You have no idea what he's actually going to do on the show, 1:02.

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2014 1:05 PM

12:25 even funnier than colbert

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2014 1:07 PM

As long as he gets to do his own thing I'm cool with it.

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2014 1:10 PM

"As long as he gets to do his own thing I'm cool with it."

i doubt this is the case, but i hope you're right

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2014 1:14 PM

Jon Stewart had his own show and failed. Why try again?

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2014 1:21 PM

1:21, because that was 20 years ago, and he's gotten better over the years.

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2014 1:27 PM

what show did he have that failed? remote control? i don't think so.

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2014 1:27 PM

Uhhh....The Jon Stewart show. 1:27

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2014 1:33 PM

Colbert is a great choice, but I agree that Jon Stewart would be even better. Kilborn is funny, but sometimes annoying. Don't think Craig can cut it for an 11:30 mainstream timeslot.

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2014 1:33 PM

Jon Stewart would be great also. But The Daily Show is so much better than the Report that I'd probably cry if we lost it.

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2014 1:39 PM

stewart too jewish for a late night network audience. he works perfectly on comedy central, where like-minded folks seek him out. colbert seems more recognizable and relate-able than stewart to a broader swath of the masses.

question is, who gets the 11:30 slot on comedy central?

Posted by regular | April 10, 2014 1:56 PM

boooo

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2014 2:13 PM

Well this is a slap in the face to Craig Ferguson, John Stewart would perish without the little photos over his shoulder he just has them post those and he makes faces

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2014 2:13 PM

The Original Hummus Guy would have been a good choice

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2014 2:24 PM

Should have been Conan

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2014 3:17 PM

Penis!

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2014 3:44 PM

gethard

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2014 3:48 PM

This is awesome because there aren't any talk shows that come on after the news at night.

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2014 4:04 PM

Nightmare? I think you need to relax. And Kings of Leon? Letterman did a great job with a lot of up and coming and non-mainstream musical guests.

I'm sure Colbert will do a great job.

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2014 5:12 PM

Letterman should be a guest and dress like Crispy Glover did that time (I saw on here)

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2014 5:25 PM

Completely unfunny, tired old obnoxious schtick, overrated, overpaid, and a poor choice sexually and for TV.

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2014 5:56 PM

^ You know what's a poor choice sexually? The position your parents used the night they conceived you.

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2014 6:57 PM

Stephen Colbert's type of humor is for people who like to be cute and city. If you hope to one day brunch with your children in "BK" while being wistful about your special NYC places, than Colbert is for you.

Posted by Mr. Foot Fetish | April 10, 2014 9:06 PM

Colbert is Jersey baby!

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2014 9:28 PM

I think he lacks the sincerity to appropriately fill this position. I get that his show is satire and he is supposedly in character, but I still don't think it's funny. There are plenty of shows I recognize as being witty, even if they aren't my cup of tea, and this isn't one of them. I find him disrespectful, tired, and highly overrated. If he plans on handling it the way he has handled his "news" show, I think it will be an epic fail. I'm hoping he proves me wrong, and ends up actually being a genuine, or at least decent, human being.

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2014 10:06 PM

But he is not playing the faux-conservative character he plays on the show

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2014 10:08 PM

Tried racist liberal. Next!

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2014 10:28 PM

@ 2:13: supposedly Ferguson accepted a long time ago that he wasn't going to get the gig. he had a great contract so he was just looking forward to making an easy 5 mill.

Posted by Ron Burgundy | April 10, 2014 11:36 PM

this song is really good

Posted by guarrana | June 2, 2014 7:30 AM

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