In what was a fairly expected move, CBS stated on Thursday that Stephen Colbert has signed a deal to become the next host of the Late Show to replace David Letterman when he retires next year.
The comedian currently hosts Comedy Central’s "The Colbert Report," a weeknight show in which he parodies the role of a conservative TV commentator.
Friend and colleague Jon Stewart celebrated Colbert’s big move to network late night on The Daily Show just a few hours after the announcement was made.
He shared some of the most memorable moments spent with his former correspondent and said that one of the best things about working with him is “trying to maintain professional composure whilst Mr. Colbert is making me laugh uncontrollably.”
Later, Stewart praised Letterman and his iconic legacy, adding he was looking forward to read the words “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” written on the Ed Sullivan theater marquee.
Colbert also addressed the news on Thursday night on the Colbert Report to talk about his feelings on being David Letterman’s successor:
“I know we’ve got a big show to do tonight, but one thing before we get started. There was some big news last week that slipped through my news crack, and it concerns someone I’ve admired for years, and yet surprisingly is not me,” he said.
“I’m talking about David Letterman, who last Thursday night announced his retirement. And I am going to miss this good man.”
Here are reactions from other late-night hosts:
Congratulations to @StephenAtHome! Could not have happened to a nicer guy— Seth Meyers (@sethmeyers) April 10, 2014
I'd like to welcome the great @StephenAtHome to network late night and also congratulate him on his new name: Jimmy Colbert.— jimmy fallon (@jimmyfallon) April 10, 2014
Congratulations to the hugely talented and fragrant and lovely @StephenAtHome on the new gig. Welcome to the CBS funhouse.— Craig Ferguson (@CraigyFerg) April 10, 2014