Colbert Named To Replace Westchester's Letterman On 'Late Show'

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Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert has been named to replace David Letterman as the host of "The Late Show."
Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert has been named to replace David Letterman as the host of "The Late Show." Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

NORTH SALEM, N.Y. -- Stephen Colbert will replace North Salem resident David Letterman as the host of "The Late Show" upon Letterman's retirement, CBS announced on Thursday.

Colbert has been the host of "The Colbert Report" on Comedy Central since 2005. The show has garnered critical acclaim as well as two Peabody awards and four Emmys. 

Before  hosting his own show, Colbert was a correspondent and writer on "The Daily Show" for eight years. 

“Stephen Colbert is one of the most inventive and respected forces on television,” Leslie Moonves, president and CEO of CBS 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.”

Specific creative elements, as well as the producers and the location for the Colbert's new show, will be determined and announced at a later date.

Letterman was the host of "The Late Show" for 21 years and announced he would retire in 2015 during his show that aired on Thursday, April 3. A specific date for Letterman's final show has not yet been set. 

“Simply being a guest on David Letterman’s show has been a highlight of my career,” Colbert said in a statement. “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.”

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I was under the impression that to protect his privacy, his North Salem residency was not to be mentioned publicly. Did you have his permission to write it the way you did? He has done a lot for this community, & we need to respect his wishes.

The media owes him zero....everyone knows he lives here and is a public personality. No pernission is needed, its also public record. Its not like they outted him the way the Journal News gave maps of everyone who had pistol permits. Psst Gov Cuomo & the Clinton's live here too along with a host of others.