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David Letterman on Stephen Colbert's 'Late Show' Takeover: 'I'm Very Excited for Him!'

Current The Late Show host David Letterman has released a statement about his successor Stephen Colbert.

Stephen has always been a real friend to me. I’m very excited for him, and I’m flattered that CBS chose him. I also happen to know they wanted another guy with glasses,” the 66-year-old television personality said in a statement.

Stephen was just announced as the successor to the Late Night show after David Letterman announced his retirement in 2015.

No date for the takeover has been officially set by CBS – stay tuned!

WILL YOU WATCH the Late Show when Stephen Colbert takes over??

Comedy Central Wishes 'Incredibly Talented' Stephen Colbert the Best for His 'Late Show' Takeover!

Comedy Central has released a statement to show their support for their longtime host Stephen Colbert, who was just announced as David Letterman‘s replacement on The Late Show!

“Comedy Central is proud that the incredibly talented Stephen Colbert has been part of our family for nearly two decades,” the network said in a statement. “We look forward to the next eight months of the ground-breaking Colbert Report and wish Stephen the very best.”

Stephen will take over for David as The Late Show host when he retires from the show in 2015.

The Colbert Report has been on the air since 2005.

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Stephen Colbert Named New 'Late Show' Host, Will Succeed David Letterman!

Stephen Colbert has just been named as the new successor to David Letterman‘s The Late Show!

Stephen Colbert is one of the most inventive and respected forces on television,” Les Moonves, President and CEO, CBS Corporation, said in a statement. “David Letterman’s legacy and accomplishments are an incredible source of pride for all of us here, and today’s announcement speaks to our commitment of upholding what he established for CBS in late night.”

“Simply being a guest on David Letterman’s show has been a highlight of my career,” Stephen added. “I never dreamed that I would follow in his footsteps, though everyone in late night follows Dave’s lead.”

“I’m thrilled and grateful that CBS chose me. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go grind a gap in my front teeth,” he joked!

Stephen currently hosts The Colbert Report on Comedy Central.

David recently announced that he would be retiring in 2015.

WHAT DO YOU THINK of Stephen Colbert replacing David Letterman??

Lindsay Lohan & David Letterman Call Oprah - Watch Now!

Lindsay Lohan makes a phone call from her car after leaving her apartment on Wednesday evening (April 9) in New York City.

The 27-year-old actress taped an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman earlier in the week and it will be airing tonight. During the interview, Lindsay decides that she wants to call up her pal Oprah Winfrey.

Dave grabs a phone and starts out the call by trying to prank call Oprah. Lol!

When asked about how Lindsay is doing, Oprah said “I think she’s doing really okay. I think to have cameras following you around for every phase of your life and you’re trying to pull your life together, that’s a very difficult thing. We’re really pleased that she’s making some progress.”


Lindsay Lohan & David Letterman Call Oprah

15+ pictures inside of Lindsay Lohan leaving her apartment… More Here! »

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Who Should Replace David Letterman as 'Late Show' Host? Vote in Our Poll Here!

While many are mourning the fact that David Letterman will be leaving The Late Show next year, many others are already trying to figure out who should replace his role as the talk show host!

Let us take you through some of the names floating around right now:

  • Craig Ferguson is the most obvious choice if CBS decides to promote from within. He has been the host of The Late Late Show for ten years and Letterman even produces that program, so if he has a say, this might be a no brainer.
  • Chelsea Handler announced last week that she plans on leaving E! after eight years on the air when her contract is up at the end of the year. She already has a bunch of offers on the table according to her team. Could this job be one of them?
  • Stephen Colbert‘s contract with Comedy Central for The Colbert Report comes to an end in late 2014 and his form of satirical humor is a favorite among many late night viewers.
  • Jay Leno just ended his longtime run as host of The Tonight Show and while this is probably a huge long shot, you never know if he wants to get back into his old time slot!
  • Neil Patrick Harris seems to be a big favorite among a lot of fans and critics. He has a ton of hosting experience after serving as host of many awards shows and also several stints as guest host on Live! alongside Kelly Ripa over the years. He also has ties to CBS with his series How I Met Your Mother, which just wrapped up after nine seasons.

Other names being thrown into the bucket are Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, Jon Stewart, Wanda Sykes, Louis C.K., Whoopi Goldberg, Ryan Seacrest, Arsenio Hall, Kevin Hart, Jerry Seinfeld, and even Tina Fey.

Make sure to watch Dave‘s full ten minute speech announcing his retirement in case you haven’t seen it yet!

Watch David Letterman's Full 10 Minute Retirement Speech Here!

David Letterman‘s retirement news has made headlines this evening and now we have the full ten minute speech that will air on The Late Show tonight.

“The man who owns this network, Leslie Moonves, he and I have had a relationship for years and years and years, and we have had this conversation in the past, and we agreed that we would work together on this circumstance and the timing of this circumstance,” Dave, 66, says in the speech. “And I phoned him just before the program, and I said, ‘Leslie, it’s been great, you’ve been great, and the network has been great, but I’m retiring. I just want to reiterate my thanks for the support from the network, all of the people who have worked here, all of the people in the theater, all the people on the staff, everybody at home, thank you very much. What this means now, is that Paul [Shaffer] and I can be married.”

Watch the full speech below!


David Letterman’s Full 10 Minute Retirement Speech

Johnny Depp Visits David Letterman Amid Retirement News!

Johnny Depp heads into a taping of The Late Show with David Letterman on Thursday afternoon (April 3) in New York City.

It was announced during the taping that the veteran talk show host will be retiring in 2015 after 22 years on The Late Show.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Johnny Depp

Johnny is currently promoting his new movie Transcendence, which opens in theaters everywhere on April 18. Make sure to check out his interview on The Today Show tomorrow morning, where he reportedly talks about his engagement to Amber Heard.

15+ pictures inside of Johnny Depp at The Late Show with David LettermanMore Here! »

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