The announcement that Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert has been hired to replace David Letterman on The Late Show has been met with a ton of praise. Even Letterman himself has come out in full support of the idea, noting that he’s just happy another guy in glasses has a job in television.
But while it’s the end of an era, Colbert is ready to usher in what should be the next great era of late night talk shows. He still has a year left at The Colbert Report but the pieces are in place for him to become an even bigger star than he already is.
Colbert is very aware of his situation and has noted that just being a guest on Letterman was an honor but replacing him is so much more.
“Simply being a guest on David Letterman’s show has been a highlight of my career,” said Colbert in a statement. “I never dreamed that I would follow in his footsteps, though everyone in late night follows Dave’s lead.”
Colbert joins Jimmy Fallon as the fresh new faces of late night, as Fallon replaced Letterman’s rival Jay Leno earlier this year. While there may not be a rivalry between Colbert and Fallon, the excitement and hype about Colbert’s new job is already reaching a peak.