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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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76.

Lola    

What a disappointing replacement! Not that anyone could replace Dave. Won't be watching that one, for sure!

139 days ago
77.

Steve    

One boring, liberal, irrelevant, closed minded, dunce replacing another.

What a shock.

139 days ago
78.

Yurra Knutz    

Same herd of grinning guest making the rounds, pushing projects no matter the show, no matter the host.

139 days ago
79.

deacoa    

Let the doom of the show begin. Bad choice CBS!!!!

139 days ago
80.

Rectum?Damn Nearly Killed Him    

Colossal Fail!!! Coldbert sucks assss

139 days ago
81.

Dale    

Never heard of him. But way to go!

139 days ago
82.

Gofast430    

Wonder who's **** he sucked to get that job?

139 days ago
83.

think101    

YAAAYYYYYY

139 days ago
84.

franklyspeaking    

Funny and Snarky #♥

139 days ago
85.

liz    

is this a joke????

139 days ago
86.

larry greene    

so let me get this straight...Letterman was upset he was passed over in favor of Leno only to now pass over Ferguson in the same was...if I was Craig I would say "hello Fox"

139 days ago
87.

paul a.    

He isnt even in the same class as Dave. Poor choice......

139 days ago
88.

lilly    

in my original choices I had not thought about Colbert at all but I like his wife, who i Found here http://dailyentertainmentnews.com/tv/evelyn-mcgee-colbert-stephen-colberts-wife/ and he does seem an obious option, we'll see next year

139 days ago
89.

manbearpig    

so, they are replacing one old, cranky liberal with another.

139 days ago
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jenlolo    

I love his sarcastic humor !!! Love it!!!! :) good choice :)

139 days ago
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