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Stephen Colbert has been named by CBS as David Letterman's replacement when Letterman retires from The Late Show next year.

Stephen Colbert to Replace David Letterman

Stephen Colbert has been named by CBS as David Letterman‘s replacement when Letterman retires from The Late Show next year. Colbert has been widely noted as one of the frontrunners for the job.

Colbert’s sharp wit and breadth of knowledge (and curiosity), evident on his Peabody Award-winning Comedy Central show The Colbert Report, will be a huge breath of fresh air for the late night spot on CBS. Letterman has been hosting his show since 1993.

Stephen Colbert

The Colbert Report, which follows Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show Monday through Thursday nights follows a “fake news” format, with Colbert taking the role of a slightly dim Conservative chat show host. On the air since 2005, Colbert has skewered pundits and politicos (mostly on the Right), but is also an excellent interviewer, using charm as much as satirical bite to get to the heart of the matter, making the occasional guest squirm in his or her seat.

Colbert will be quite a different stripe for the CBS show, which airs after local late night news programs. Like Letterman, Colbert can put forward a slightly folksy grace, but has to him much more of an edge, whether in monologue or in interview.

Will the format of The Late Show change with the introduction of the more political Colbert, bringing to network late night the edginess of the Colbert Report? Or will Colbert try to fit into the mold of late night network as it has been (albeit in evolution) since before the days of Johnny Carson? Will the Colbert retain his brand of topical humor, or tamp it down now that he’s “graduated” from “basic cable?”

And what will become of Colbert’s post Daily Show slot? I know Jon Oliver’s new Sunday night HBO series is set to debut April 27, but surely he has room in his schedule for a Monday-Thursday show…say at 11:30 p.m. on Comedy Central?

What do all think of the news? Let us know in the comments section!

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About Barbara Barnett

A Jewish mother and (young 🙃) grandmother, Barbara Barnett is an author and professional Hazzan (Cantor). A member of the Conservative Movement's Cantors Assembly and the Jewish Renewal movement's clergy association OHALAH, the clergy association of the Jewish Renewal movement. In her other life, she is a critically acclaimed fantasy/science fiction author as well as the author of a non-fiction exploration of the TV series House, M.D. and contributor to the book Spiritual Pregnancy. She Publisher/Executive Editor of Blogcritics, (

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  1. I am disappointed. I thought this was a golden opportunity to give a woman a late night slot. My choices – Sarah Silverman, Amy Pohler, Tina Fey or even Melissa McCarthy. I find them all way funnier than Colbert, but this sounds like more of the old boy network annointing one of their own (Letterman – Stewart – Colbert). When does a woman get a shot at one of these gigs?

  2. Tina Fey is beautiful and smart and funny. I’ll never desert her. She always seems to deliver. Tina seems to find the funny bit no matter how obscure.

    Many people are funnier than Letterman and he was successful because, I think, he wasn’t mean and he handled intrusions between private and TV life well. Maybe the CBS people think the same of Colbert and think he will grow into an interesting role with the resulting audience. Maybe the CBS execs don’t see the same potential in the others.

  3. I think Colbert is a “safe” choice – for CBS that is. If not a funnier woman (which I still think would have been an amazing choice for the network), there are men like Chris Rock or George Lopez who are infinitely better comics than Colbert who would have been inspiring choices. I never watched Letterman or Leno in the later years because they didn’t entertain me anymore, certainly not the way Fallon does now. You put a Chris Rock or George Lopez in there, and I am going to tune in every night. With Colbert, I’m sticking with Jimmy F.