Colbert named Letterman replacement
Published 10/04/2014 | 18:37
CBS announced that The Colbert Report presenter will replace Letterman when he retires next year. Colbert has signed a five-year contract.
Letterman has hosted Late Show With David Letterman since 1993. He turns 67 on Saturday.
"I never dreamed that I would follow in his footsteps, though everyone in late night follows Dave's lead," Colbert said in a statement.
Comedy Central's Emmy-winning The Colbert Report has been a hit since its launch in 2005.
Last week, Letterman announced his plans to leave his show and end an unmatched small-hours run which began in 1992 when he launched Late Night on NBC.