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Stephen Colbert

Named David Letterman's Replacement

4/10/2014 9:04 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Stephen Colbert
has been named as David Letterman's replacement, taking over as host of CBS' "Late Show."

Letterman announced just last week he was retiring in 2015. According to CBS, Colbert is being given a five-year deal.

In making the announcement, Colbert said, "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.”

Colbert was part of "The Daily Show" from 1997 until leaving to host "The Colbert Report." Colbert has hosted that show on Comedy Central since 2005.

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46.

Mr. Mystery    

@Allen:
Ah yes, Lil Jimmy Fallon.
Rhymes with One Trick Pony.

173 days ago
47.

Teresa andrews    

I hope being on network TV as oppose to cable doesn't make him tone down his shtik. He is hilarious.

173 days ago
48.

your own luck    

Dave is not replaceable, but Stephen Colbert can fill the slot better than anyone else I can think of.

173 days ago
49.

HRH Prince Michael    

Again: I have much Respect for several CBS execs, but,
if you're not Black, Gay, or a "Woman"?
Persona Non Grata.

CBS, Norman Lear called and left a message for you:
He wants his 1970's programming and casting back.

173 days ago
50.

Nikki    

Craig Ferguson should have taken over and Steven Colbert may have taken Craig's place!

173 days ago
51.

Edddie Nash    

Who? This guy looks like a nightly news anchor or analyst on CNBC.

173 days ago
52.

Tony626    

Fantastic. Another pseudo communist on the late show.

173 days ago
53.

Tascer    

FAIL.

173 days ago
54.

sgtn     

Bad...bad..choice..smh

173 days ago
55.

Heywood    

The guys an annoying douchebag and not funny at all. Lousy choice CBS.

173 days ago
56.

Rigby    

Booooo 👎👎👎

173 days ago
57.

The Zombie    

They should have given people trial runs like they did when Regis left.

173 days ago
58.

Leo    

Jimmy Kimmel is the best!

173 days ago
59.

Uncle Rufus    

Sooooo...guess they just went into the old "White Boy" file for the pick?

173 days ago
60.

ima toole    

Isn't he a racist?

173 days ago
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