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article imageStephen Colbert to replace David Letterman

By Tim O'Brien     Apr 10, 2014 in Entertainment
Stephen Colbert, who will replace David Letterman on "The Late Show," has released a statement regarding the character he plays on Comedy Central and his new gig.
“I won't be doing the new show in character, so we'll all get to find out how much of him was me. I'm looking forward to it," Colbert said in a statement.
EARLIER: CBS announced Thursday that Stephen Colbert will take over "The Late Show" when David Letterman ends his run next year. Colbert has hosted "The Colbert Report" on Comedy Central since 2005.
Earlier, Letterman announced to his audience that he will step down when his current contract expires in 2015. That announcement sent off wild speculation as to who would replace him, from Chelsea Handler to Colbert himself.
All that speculation was ended today. In a release, Colbert took the news in stride. “I’m thrilled and grateful that CBS chose me. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go grind a gap in my front teeth," he said.
The five-year agreement between CBS and Colbert was announced by Leslie Moonves, President and CEO, CBS Corporation, and Nina Tassler, Chairman of CBS Entertainment.
“Stephen Colbert is one of the most inventive and respected forces on television. 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.”
“Stephen is a multi-talented and respected host, writer, producer, satirist and comedian who blazes a trail of thought-provoking conversation, humor and innovation with everything he touches,” said Nina Tassler.
Now let the speculation begin as to who will take over his show on Comedy Central.
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