Well, that didn’t take long.
Announced today, CBS is set for Stephen Colbert to replace David Letterman as the host of The Late Show when Letterman steps down in 2015. Colbert will be leaving more than 9 seasons of his own Colbert Report and, most likely, his sarcastic Colbert character behind at Comedy Central. There had been rumors that Colbert was a front runner for CBS, though it would seem that, having free range seemingly at The Colbert Report with Emmy and Peabody wins, it would take a very attractive offer to lure him away.
Well, that offer is hosting The Late Show, and already I’m anxious to see what Colbert does with a much more traditional format of late night show coming from, arguably, a more avant garde version of a late night talk show. This news also sets forth a bunch of other cogs in motion to change the late night line-up across CBS and Comedy Central. Who will replace Colbert? Will Craig Ferguson stay around as his contract expires at the same time as Letterman’s? If he doesn’t, who will replace Ferguson?
Of course, there is sure to be criticism by those calling for someone who isn’t an “older white guy” to host The Late Show; the world of late night is primarily hosted by older caucasian men. Perhaps it would be just a consolation for those who wanted something different in a late night host, but it’s hard to argue that Colbert hosting The Late Show wouldn’t be a whole bunch of fun.
So much for #CancelColbert.