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Colbert to Replace Letterman on The Late Show, but Will He Still Be “Colbert”?

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Let Colbert Be "Colbert"


Colbert to Replace Letterman on The Late Show, but Will He Still Be “Colbert”?

Announcements came yesterday from all parties heralding the passing of the CBS late night throne from retiring megalith David Letterman to everyone’s favorite ultra-conservative speaker of truthiness, Stephen Colbert.

Guess Tina Fey was already booked.

David Letterman’s retirement from The Late Show on CBS was announced on Thursday, April 3, 2014. "I just want to reiterate my thanks for the support from the network, all of the people who have worked here, all of the people in the theater, all the people on the staff, everybody at home, thank you very much," Letterman said. "What this means now, is that Paul and I can be married.”

After a week-long fierce flurry of popular replacement suggestions that spanned the comedic spectrum from John Oliver to Chelsea Handler, top runner Stephen Colbert of Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report was announced as Letterman’s replacement when the longest-serving late night host reads his last Top Ten List at an as yet-to-be-determined date in 2015.

If there has to be yet another white man behind the desk at 11:30 every weeknight, Colbert is a prime choice. The guy is dead shot funny and nightly manages to cram biting political satire amongst ample doses of the outright silly that barely mask fiendishly insightful social commentary. Not to mention he is helluva clever and as everyone knows, smart is the forever sexy.

But Colbert has already confirmed he will not continue the conservative talk-show personae, which has formed the foundation of Colbert Nation for nine years. According to CTV News, “Colbert, 49, has been hosting ‘The Colbert Report’ at 11:30 p.m. ET since 2005, in character as a fictional conservative talk-show host. The character will retire with ‘The Colbert Report.’” Which begs the question...

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Can Colbert still be must-watch, quintessential Colbert without “Colbert”?


Can Colbert still be must-watch, quintessential Colbert without “Colbert”?


 

But hey! What’s really important is how Twitter reacted to the news!

Craig Ferguson congratulates @StephenAtHome

Craig Ferguson congratulates @StephenAtHome

Jimmy Colbert

Jimmy Colbert

Shatner should've got the Letterman job.

Shatner should've got the Letterman job.

And of course...

Wise guys.

Wise guys.

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