David Letterman announced last week that he will be retiring at the end of his contract in 2015. With much speculation as to who would fill the prime time slot many had short listed Stephen Colbert. After a very short consideration CBS announced this afternoon that Stephen Colbert will replace Letterman once his time-table has solidified.
The creative concept of the show is yet determined, but with the formal CBS announcement that The Colbert Report will take over, one can concede that the current Comedy Central format will take its place.
Colbert is a respected host, writer, producer, singer, satirist and comedian. “The Colbert Report” has received widespread critical acclaim earning two Peabody Awards and 27 Emmy nominations. After eight years at the Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Colbert Report became an original spin-off in 2005 on Comedy Central. Jon Stewart is an Executive Producer of the Colbert Report and there has been no announcement on any changes to production staff at this point.
Stephen graduated from Northwestern University and was a member of Chicago’s acclaimed Second City improv troupe. Fellow troop members later created and starred in the sketch comedy narrative series Strangers with Candy for Comedy Central.
By Kimberly Beller