Stephen Colbert made his first ever appearance on the “Late Show” with David Letterman after CBS’ announcement that the comedian had signed a deal to become the next host of the Late Show. Colbert is set to replace Letterman when he retires next year in 2015 after a 22-year run.
Colbert was at his usual best and even delivered his own Top 10 list to Letterman who told his successor that he “looked right at home.”
Later in the show, both of them posed for an inevitable “welcome” selfie (or self-portrait) which, according to Colbert, has become quite “retro” now.
Letterman posted the photo on Twitter:
"Stephen Colbert is one of the most inventive and respected forces on television," Leslie Moonves, CBS president and chief executive officer, said in a statement announcing the deal.
"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,” Moonves stated on April 10.
The location of the show will be determined at a later date, the network said, leaving open the possibility that the "Late Show" may relocate from New York. Colbert tapes "The Colbert Report" in Manhattan as well,” according to Reuters.
Colbert currently hosts Comedy Central’s "The Colbert Report," a weeknight show in which he parodies the role of a conservative TV commentator.