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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??

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!

Lindsay Lohan, Kim Kardashian, & More Surprise Jimmy Fallon for 'Tonight Show' Debut!

Lindsay Lohan, Kim Kardashian, and many more make surprise appearances on the first episode of The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on Monday evening (February 17) in New York City.

“I can’t believe this is happening. I want to say thanks to all the fans for all of their support. And to my buddy who said that I’d never be the host of The Tonight Show, and you know who you are, you owe me a hundred bucks,” Jimmy said during a bit in the beginning of the show.

After he said this, Robert De Niro popped out from backstage and slaped a $100 bill on the desk. He was followed by Tina Fey, legendary football player Joe Namath, former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, Mariah Carey, Joan Rivers, Kim, Seth Rogen, Mike Tyson, Lady Gaga, Lindsay, Tracy Morgan, Sarah Jessica Parker, and finally Stephen Colbert, who dumped a bucket of pennies onto the desk.

Celebrities Surprise Jimmy Fallon

FYI: SJP is wearing a Mikimoto pearl strand necklace.

15+ pictures inside of all the surprise guests on The Tonight Show with Jimmy FallonMore Here! »

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Veep's Julia Louis-Dreyfus Meets the Real VP at State Dinner!

Julia Louis-Dreyfus looks glowing while arriving for the White House State Dinner held on the North Portico of the White House on Tuesday (February 11) in Washington, D.C.

The 53-year-old actress plays a fake Vice President on the show Veep and at the dinner she met up with the real Vice President Joe Biden!

Also attending the event were Mindy Kaling, Stephen Colbert, and Mary J. Blige, who changed dresses to perform during the dinner.

FYI: Mindy is wearing a David Meister dress. Julia is wearing a Monique Lhuillier dress, Roger Vivier shoes, Ferragamo bag, and Irene Neuwirth jewels.

15+ pictures inside of Julia Louis-Dreyfus and others at the dinner… More Here! »

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Stephen Colbert Cracks His Head for Wonderful Pistachios Super Bowl Commercial 2014 (Video)

Stephen Colbert cracks his head open to reveal a pistachio version of himself in the new television spot for Wonderful Pistachios, which aired as part of the 2014 Super Bowl Commercials.

“An epic combination of both of Stephen Colbert‘s Super Bowl ads for Wonderful Pistachios. Be sure to count all the pistachios in Stephen Colbert‘s library for a chance to win $100,000!” the video is captioned. The commercial took place in two parts – check both out below.

Also visit the Wonderful Pistachios website to enter for a chance to win some big bucks – all you have to do is guess how many nuts are in Stephen‘s library!

Stephen Colbert’s Wonderful Pistachios Super Bowl 2014 Commercial

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