It was only a few short days ago when David Letterman revealed that he planned to pack in as the host of The Late Show sometime in 2015, and speculation on who would be named as his replacement has been rampant ever since.
Turns out, we didn’t have to wait very long to find out, as Stephen Colbert was announced as the new host of The Late Show on Thursday afternoon – and good for him! I’m a big fan of The Colbert Report, and he seems like such a genuinely awesome guy, so that’s amazing!
“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,” Colbert, 49, says in a statement. “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.”
That being said, I am a little concerned how he’ll translate his trademark sarcasm, biting satire and political commentary from cable to network TV. Also, I really wonder whether we’re going to get Stephen Colbert the character, like on the Report, or actual Stephen Colbert (which might be really weird/not go over well since it’s not what we’re used to).
So yeah, overall I’m pretty stoked but I’m also kind of uncertain. That being said, I’m not sure who would have been better. Part of me would have been pretty happy for someone other than a middle-aged white man to take the desk, but then… Colbert is really excellent, so I’m torn.
What do you think? Excited?