Apr 11

CBS Announces Stephen Colbert as the New Host of ‘The Late Show’

David Letterman and Stephen Colbert

The CBS Television Network today announced that Stephen Colbert, the host, writer and executive producer of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning “The Colbert Report,” will succeed David Letterman as the host of THE LATE SHOW, effective when Mr. Letterman retires from the broadcast. The five-year agreement between CBS and Colbert was announced by Leslie Moonves, President and CEO, CBS Corporation, and Nina Tassler, Chairman of CBS Entertainment.

Letterman, the legendary, critically acclaimed host of the CBS late night series for 21 years, announced his retirement on his April 3 broadcast. Colbert’s premiere date as host of THE LATE SHOW will be announced after Mr. Lettermen determines a timetable for his final broadcasts in 2015.

Specific creative elements, as well as the producers and the location for the Colbert-hosted LATE SHOW, will be determined and announced at a later date.

“Stephen Colbert is one of the most inventive and respected forces on television,” said Moonves. “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.”

“Stephen is a multi-talented and respected host, writer, producer, satirist and comedian who blazes a trail of thought-provoking conversation, humor and innovation with everything he touches,” said Tassler. ”He is a presence on every stage, with interests and notable accomplishments across a wide spectrum of entertainment, politics, publishing and music. We welcome Stephen to CBS with great pride and excitement, and look forward to introducing him to our network television viewers in late night.”

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

Adding, “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.”

Source: ComingSoon.net

Apr 10

In The Press: Mega-Recent Press Edition

Stephen Colbert newsThere have been a few press articles about Stephen recently. The preceding is the understatement of the year.

Between the cancelcolbert affair and now the speculations about him replacing David Letterman, it’s difficult to keep track of everything. That’s where we come in. Never fear hubsters! We got your backs. Here are some of the many recent articles.

As I was compiling articles and videos for this piece, it was not about what to put in, but deciding what to leave out. I would get a link to an article and as I was reading it, on the sidebar was another article about Stephen or about the Late Show or Suey Park and even now Bill O’Reilly is in the mix, and even sometimes when I clicked on that one, there was yet another one on the side. Here goes…

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Apr 10

April 9, 2014 – Sheryl Sandberg

The Colbert Report episode guide EPISODE NUMBER: 10088 (April 9, 2014)
GUESTS: Sheryl Sandberg
SEGMENTS: Intro – 4/9/14 | Heartbleed Internet Bug | Brendan Eich’s Forced Resignation | Brendan Eich’s Forced Resignation – Andrew Sullivan | Obama’s Equal Pay Orders | Sheryl Sandberg | Sign Off – Goodnight
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VIDEOS: Wednesday, April 9, 2014

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Apr 08

April 7, 2014 – Edward Frenkel

The Colbert Report episode guide EPISODE NUMBER: 10086 (April 7, 2014)
GUESTS: Edward Frenkel
SEGMENTS: Jeb Bush on Illegal Immigrants | Tip/Wag – New York Times, Alaska Board of Game, & Mazda | Matt Bevin’s Cockfighting Controversy | Edward Frenkel | Sign Off — Newspaper
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VIDEOS: Monday, April 7, 2014

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Stephen accepts adulation from the crowd and appears to adopt a member of the audience named Avery.

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Apr 08

Better Know a Guest: April 7 – 10, 2014

The Colbert Report Guest Line Up Welcome to Better Know a Guest, your weekly guide to the wonderful and diverse array of personalities appearing on ‘The Colbert Report’ and ‘The Daily Show’ each week.

Hey there Hubsters! After a relaxing weekend, a new week greets us in this ever dynamic Colbert-news related landscape, we have a great roster of guests to consider, some of whom Stephen has referenced rather frequently on the Report. This includes a prominent mathematician, legendary primatologist Jane Goodall, “Lean In” movement activist and businesswoman Sheryl Sandberg, and Sting and his wife Trudie Styler, on hand to discuss their Rainforest Foundation.

Is there anything you hope Stephen or Jon will cover this week? As usual, let us know in the comments below!

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Apr 05

Is CBS Considering Stephen Colbert as David Letterman’s Successor?

On last night’s episode of ‘The Late Show’, long time host David Letterman announced his retirement from late night television, stating that he will be stepping down as host sometime next year, which is when his contract is due to expire.

Already the blogosphere is ripe with speculation on who will replace the outgoing Letterman. As Bill Carter notes in ‘The New York Times’, heir apparent and host of ‘The Late Late Show’, Craig Ferguson’s previous contracts with CBS have included a “Prince of Wales” clause, giving him the first right of refusal should David Letterman decide to leave.

However, as David Letterman knows only too well, such clauses are never set in stone, as a network can choose to pay off the deal rather than honour the succession, as happened when Jay Leno was chosen to succeed Johnny Caron in favour of David Letterman in 1992.

Suggestions for possible replacement’s have erupted across the web, with candidates ranging from Chris Rock to Louie C.K., Chelsea Handler to Conan O’Brien, Tina Fey to Amy Sedaris, and most interestingly Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert.

This morning Deadlines Nikki Finke Tweeted, “My sources say Stephen Colbert “the only one on the air currently that CBS is considering,” with Newsdays Verne Gay adding “I repeat: All eyes now on Stephen Colbert. His CC deal is up soon. And I hear CBS wants him for “Late Show.” He’s not Dave – but brilliant.”

Insider speculation aside, who do you think should be the next host of ‘The Late Show’? Would you like to see Stephen Colbert make the jump, stay on at ‘The Colbert Report’, or do something entirely different? Share your thoughts with the Hub!!

Apr 04

April 3, 2014 – Mark Mazzetti

The Colbert Report episode guide EPISODE NUMBER: 10085 (April 3, 2014)
GUESTS: Mark Mazzetti | Emily Bazelon
SEGMENTS: Holy Grail Discovery | Supreme Court Ruling on Aggregate Campaign Funding | Supreme Court Ruling on Aggregate Campaign Funding – Emily Bazelon | Bill O’Reilly’s Defense of Inequality | Mark Mazzetti | Sign Off – Coffee Break
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VIDEOS: Thursday, April 3, 2014

Tonight, Mark Mazzetti, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist for ‘The New York Times’ swings by The Report to talk about his news book “The Way of the Knife: The CIA, a Secret Army, and a War at the Ends of the Earth”.

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