A new era for late night television is being ushered in thanks to word that CBS has hired Comedy Central star Stephen Colbert to replace David Letterman once he retires in 2015. Letterman still has a year left on the air but his chair won’t be allowed to get cold as Colbert will jump in straight away, much like Jimmy Fallon did for Jay Leno in February.
Letterman has since responded to the news that Colbert is going to be replacing him and noted his joy that another guy with glasses has gotten a job on television.
“Stephen has always been a real friend to me. I’m very excited for him, and I’m flattered that CBS chose him,” Letterman said. “I also happen to know they wanted another guy with glasses.”
It has to be noted that Letterman’s retirement came after that of Jay Leno, meaning The Late Show host outlasted his rival through more than a few retirements over at NBC. It’s also worth noting that there seems to be much more excitement in the general public about Colbert taking over for Letterman than there was for Fallon and Leno, which further proves that you can push Letterman out of his chair but you can’t deny him the crown of late night television, even in retirement.