Comedian Stephen Colbert will be taking over as host of the Late Show, CBS confirmed in a tweet on Thursday.
Colbert is the current host of Comedy Central's The Colbert Report.
Stephen Colbert to be next host of "The Late Show"...press release coming— CBS Tweet (@CBSTweet) April 10, 2014
"Stephen Colbert is one of the most inventive and respected forces on television," CBS Chairman and CEO Les Moonves said in a statement.
Here's the official announcement from CBS on Stephen Colbert taking over as Late Show host. pic.twitter.com/gggTzmx5X1— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) April 10, 2014
Earlier this month, long-time Late Show host David Letterman announced that he would be retiring in 2015.
Colbert was considered a front-runner for the much-coveted 'Late Show' job and friend and long-time colleague Jon Stewart said that he would be a great successor to Letterman.
“He’s got some skill sets that are really applicable, interviewing-wise, but also he’s a really, really good actor and also an excellent improvisational comedian. He’s also got great writing skills. He’s got a lot of the different capacities. Being able to expand upon [those] would be exciting," Stewart told NY Mag's Vulture blog.
The move creates an opening on Comedy Central's 'The Colbert Report', the political satire/late-night talk show.