Colbert Nation, rejoice! Popular Comedy Central late night host Stephen Colbert has officially been named as David Letterman’s replacement on CBS’ The Late Show. Letterman, who’s currently the longest-running late-night TV host, announced his retirement on April 3rd but will continue to host the iconic CBS franchise until his official retirement date in 2015.
How will Colbert, who plays a fictional version of himself on Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report, handle the transition? If we were to wager a guess we’d say somewhere between brilliantly and hilariously. Here are five reasons why Stephen Colbert will make the perfect new Late Show host!
1. Stephen Colbert has won a People’s Choice Award!
He’s literally the people’s choice to succeed Letterman.
2. Colbert has appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman — and he held his own quite well!
Proof, meet our good friend pudding.
3. Much like his predecessor, Colbert has absolutely no problem calling out celebrities!
4. Because Jon Stewart said so!
“He is a uniquely talented individual,” Stewart said about about Colbert just last night before the news broke. “He’s wonderful in Colbert Report, but he’s got gears he hasn’t even shown people yet. He would be remarkable.”
5. Celebrities love him!
Specifically Modern Family star Julie Bowen, who lavished the new host with some fairly high praise during a behind-the-scenes interview with People.
What do you think about CBS’ choice? Are you happy with the selection? Will Stephen Colbert make a smooth transition from Comedy Central to CBS?