CBS didn’t waste too much time finding a new host for the “Late Show,” reports CBS News. Exactly a week after David Letterman announced his plans to retire, his replacement has been named. Stephen Colbert, the host, writer and executive producer of “The Colbert Report,” will succeed Letterman. After more than 30 years of hosting late night television, Letterman announced 4/3 he will retire in 2015.
“Stephen Colbert is one of the most inventive and respected forces on television,” CBS Chairman and CEO Les Moonves said in a statement Thursday. “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.”
We had heard Chelsea Handler was in talks with CBS for a late-night talk show, possibly The Late Show.