Stephen Colbert to succeed David Letterman

Stephen Colbert (photo c/o CNN)

Stephen Colbert
(photo c/o CNN)

CBS has announced that Stephen Colbert will be taking David Lettermans job as host of “The Late Show” sometime in 2015.

In a press release, the network President and CEO Leslie Moonves said of the decision ” David Letterman’s legacy and accomplishments are an incredible source of pride for all of us here, and today’s announcement speaks to our commitment of upholding what he established for CBS in late night.”

The network also said that Colbert will start some time after Letterman officially retires from the show next year, and that certain “creative elements,” producers and the shows new location will all be revealed later.

Colbert is also quoted as saying

“Simply being a guest on David Letterman’s show has been a highlight of my career,” said Colbert. “I never dreamed that I would follow in his footsteps, though everyone in late night follows Dave’s lead.”

Colbert has been the host of Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” since 2005, and the program has earned 2 Peabody awards, multiple Emmy nominations, and a Grammy award for “Best Comedy Album.” He has also released two best-selling books  “I Am America (and So Can You!)”  and “America Again: Re-Becoming the Greatness We Never Weren’t.”