Fresh on the heels of David Letterman's announcement that he will retire from CBS's The Late Show in 2015, CBS has announced Stephen Colbert as his successor.
Colbert was immediately a frontrunner for the position due to the success of his Comedy Central show The Colbert Report, where he's been bringing in the younger demographics in droves "“ an audience that CBS has been sorely missing in its late night line-up. Colbert's new gig means that The Colbert Report will end sometime in 2015, dependent on when Letterman decides to wind down his run.
Colbert has confirmed he will not bring his on-air persona "Stephen Colbert" to The Late Show, which gives him a chance to showcase his other talents. It will be interesting to see if he'll be able to mix up the late night formula at all. Colbert said in a 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."