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Posted by: thepinetree on 04/10/2014 10:13 AM Updated by: thepinetree on 04/10/2014 10:15 AM
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CBS Announces Stephen Colbert As Letterman Successor On "The Late Show"

New York, NY...The CBS Television Network today announced that Stephen Colbert, the host, writer and executive producer of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning “The Colbert Report,” will succeed David Letterman as the host of THE LATE SHOW, effective when Mr. Letterman retires from the broadcast. The five-year agreement between CBS and Colbert was announced by Leslie Moonves, President and CEO, CBS Corporation, and Nina Tassler, Chairman of CBS Entertainment...

Letterman, the legendary, critically acclaimed host of the CBS late night series for 21 years, announced his retirement on his April 3 broadcast. Colbert’s premiere date as host of THE LATE SHOW will be announced after Mr. Lettermen determines a timetable for his final broadcasts in 2015.

Specific creative elements, as well as the producers and the location for the Colbert-hosted LATE SHOW, will be determined and announced at a later date.

“Stephen Colbert is one of the most inventive and respected forces on television,” said Moonves. “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 Tassler. ”He is a presence on every stage, with interests and notable accomplishments across a wide spectrum of entertainment, politics, publishing and music. 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.”

Adding, “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.”

Since its launch on Comedy Central in 2005, “The Colbert Report” has received widespread critical acclaim while earning two Peabody Awards and 27 Emmy nominations, including an Emmy win for Outstanding Variety Series (2013) and three Emmy wins for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program (2013, 2010, 2008). Prior to that, Colbert spent eight years as a correspondent on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” as an on-air personality and writer of news satire for the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning series.

In addition, Colbert is an accomplished author, with two books, I AM AMERICA (and So Can You!) and AMERICA AGAIN: Re-Becoming the Greatness We Never Weren’t, appearing on the New York Times best-seller list. AMERICA AGAIN also won a Grammy Award for Spoken Word (2014).

In music, Colbert’s original holiday musical special on Comedy Central, “A Colbert Christmas,” won a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album (2009) and Emmy nominations for Art Direction, Picture Editing and Original Music and Lyrics. In April 2011, Colbert starred as Harry in the New York Philharmonic presentation of Stephen Sondheim’s “Company.”

After graduating from Northwestern University, Colbert was a member of Chicago’s acclaimed Second City improv troupe with Amy Sedaris and Paul Dinello. The trio later created and starred in the CableAce-nominated sketch comedy series, “Exit 57,” and created the cult-hit narrative series “Strangers with Candy,” both for Comedy Central.

Colbert has appeared on series such as HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and NBC’s “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.” He was also a cast member and writer on ABC’s “The Dana Carvey Show,” wrote for “Saturday Night Live” and voiced roles in DreamWorks’ animated films “Mr. Peabody and Sherman” and “Monsters vs. Aliens.”

THE LATE SHOW is broadcast weeknights on the CBS Television Network from 11:35 PM - 12:37 AM, ET/PT.

About CBS Corporation

CBS Corporation (NYSE: CBS.A and CBS) is a mass media company that creates and distributes industry-leading content across a variety of platforms to audiences around the world. The Company has businesses with origins that date back to the dawn of the broadcasting age as well as new ventures that operate on the leading edge of media. CBS owns the most-watched television network in the U.S. and one of the world’s largest libraries of entertainment content, making its brand – “the Eye” – one of the most recognized in business. The Company’s operations span virtually every field of media and entertainment, including cable, publishing, radio, local TV, film, outdoor advertising, and interactive and socially responsible media. CBS’s businesses include CBS Television Network, The CW (a joint venture between CBS Corporation and Warner Bros. Entertainment), Showtime Networks, CBS Sports Network, TVGN (a joint venture between CBS Corporation and Lionsgate), Smithsonian Networks, Simon & Schuster, CBS Television Stations, CBS Radio, CBS Outdoor, CBS Television Studios, CBS Global Distribution Group (CBS Studios International and CBS Television Distribution), CBS Interactive, CBS Consumer Products, CBS Home Entertainment, CBS Films and CBS EcoMedia. For more information, go to

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Bet Bill-O is Pis***
Posted on: 2014-04-10 10:22:19   By: Anonymous
Just yesterday Bill O'Llielly said Colbert is taking the country down.

Who is more credible?

Angry old White guy with a demographic of over 60 Yr old viewers, or Colbert?

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    Re: Bet Bill-O is Pis***
    Posted on: 2014-04-10 11:00:32   By: Anonymous
    O'Reilly is as tired as Mickey Rooney at a beauty contest, and he's the best that Fox has to offer! Can you imagine Roger Ailes trying to instruct Colbert regarding content of his show?

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      Re: Bet Bill-O is Pis***
      Posted on: 2014-04-11 11:12:00   By: Anonymous

      HAR HAR HAR!!!

      Colbert is going to kick GOP ass!

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        Re: Bet Bill-O is Pis***
        Posted on: 2014-04-11 11:12:29   By: Anonymous


        Colbert is going to kick GOP ass!

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          Re: Bet Bill-O is Pis***
          Posted on: 2014-04-11 11:13:07   By: Anonymous

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    Another hater
    Posted on: 2014-04-10 16:18:14   By: Anonymous
    Bummer, another liberal hater.

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O'Reilly Quote
Posted on: 2014-04-10 10:29:41   By: Anonymous
Like many ideological fanatics, Colbert is misguided in the extreme … He’s a true progressive believer playing exclusively to other believers. Colbert can be dismissed as clueless, but the guy does do damage because he gives cover to powerful people who are selling Americans a big lie that this country is bad.

And you're not an ideological fanatic Bill? , Oh But you're ideology is ok

O'Reilly with his $million sexual harassment settlement with his female producer, and so called "family values".

The Big Lie is anything that comes out of this bully's mouth.

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    Re: O'Reilly Quote
    Posted on: 2014-04-10 11:45:29   By: Anonymous
    I think it's interesting that O'Reilly (and probably most of his audience) is powered entirely by hate and by fear of people who believe differently than he does. I can't recall him ever telling a light-hearted story or a joke except possibly to make fun of someone else. The country has been here for more than 200 years, survived war and sometimes corrupt leadership, but to O'Reilly now is the crisis of all time. The end of America. And yet it was Republicans following policies O'Reilly champions that most recently ran the economy into a ditch. He is the most heartless and bigoted person on tv. It is laughable that he would criticize Colbert, who is smarter and better in touch with America than O'Reilly can ever hope to be.

    Plus Colbert has the grace to understand he is not the most important person in the world, a concept O'Reilly should work on.

    The truth is that Obama has made some mistakes but he will leave the US in much better shape than it was in when he took office. W certainly didn't, but we survived. O'Reilly needs to get some perspective.

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      Re: O'Reilly Quote
      Posted on: 2014-04-10 13:07:04   By: Anonymous
      Are you serious? Must be some mighty good tasting koolaid....

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No Subject
Posted on: 2014-04-10 10:48:42   By: Anonymous
Colbert is the best thing on TV today. I will regret losing his current format and showtime in LA of 830pm but look forward
to seeing him later. He will be dynamite on the Late Show. So long Fallon!

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    Posted on: 2014-04-10 12:25:03   By: Anonymous
    Agreed. And much needed on a major network.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2014-04-10 11:12:35   By: Anonymous
Colbert needs to have his back side kicked, and given a dose of what America is and has been! Don't bother telling me that America is bad, because most of us that work, have been in the military, raised productive families, and haven't been addictted to having the gov. do everthing for us, syndrome, think he is a weak, little weasel! So if he is your type of guy, your a looser toooooooooo! Funny, he has made millions off of being what most morons like to listen too!

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    Posted on: 2014-04-10 11:52:08   By: Anonymous
    "Funny, he has made millions off of being what most morons like to listen too! " You are talking about Russ Oxyconton Limbaugh, right?

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    Posted on: 2014-04-10 11:58:25   By: Anonymous
    Please tell us what you think ".. America is and has been."

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    Posted on: 2014-04-10 12:01:31   By: Anonymous
    What makes you think that kicking someone's backside contributes to free thought and expression?

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    Posted on: 2014-04-10 12:03:22   By: Anonymous
    The government doesn't "do everything for us"! Where did you get that ridiculous idea?

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    Posted on: 2014-04-10 12:13:33   By: Anonymous
    "....So if he is your type of guy, your a looser toooooooooo!...."

    Too funny. Irony so thick that The Onion couldn't pen it any better!

    Let me see if I can put this into terms you might understand: You not smart. You don't grammar good, and stuff. Try again. You're dismissed.

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      Posted on: 2014-04-10 14:10:25   By: Anonymous
      With all the really good entertainers out there they pick Colbert. He isn't funny but I could see where some might think he is the next coming of Walter Cronkitt. He will crash and burn and be for the Comedy Central gig back.

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        Posted on: 2014-04-10 17:11:54   By: Anonymous
        He was really funny when he roasted Dubya at the press dinner.

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          Posted on: 2014-04-10 18:01:43   By: Anonymous
          He's a clown , not much different than Obama trying to be our President !

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            Posted on: 2014-04-10 18:07:35   By: Anonymous
            Don't matter much what you say about them, they are both smarter and far more successful than any one else around here.

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              Posted on: 2014-04-11 01:59:10   By: Anonymous
              Not Me.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2014-04-10 18:53:06   By: Anonymous
I love the sound of howling conservatives because a late nice host whom the never watched is being replaced by another whom they've only ever heard of because of what Bill O'Reilly and Rush have told them. HAHA!

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    Posted on: 2014-04-11 06:55:32   By: Anonymous
    I can't stand either guy because of their political views however I would watch letterman (if Leno was on vacation). because he is a funny guy. Colbert just isn't funny and is very one dimentional.

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      Posted on: 2014-04-11 13:07:58   By: Anonymous
      You have never really watched the Cobert Report have you?
      Steven Cobert is one of the most intelligent and witty people on TV. He will do just fine. I am thrilled he will be on a mainstream network.

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        Posted on: 2014-04-11 13:52:21   By: Anonymous
        OOPS! I am a really bad speller - it is Stephen Colbert. I do like him.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2014-04-11 14:37:15   By: Anonymous
I think it's amazing several people here don't realize Colbert is playing a character on TV....

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    Conservative Brains
    Posted on: 2014-04-12 17:58:23   By: Anonymous
    Conservatives are incapable of understanding satire.
    Conservatives don't get irony.
    Their brains are wired differently.This shown on MRIs while questions were answered, and reactions to photos, shown on the MRIs was less activity in Conservatives brains were empathy originates.

    They just don't get it, they are more attuned to fear, feeling threatened.It's how they're wired. This is why they choose Fox, Limbaugh, and the Conservatives who peddle fear, conspiracies.

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