Deadline are reporting that Meredith Bennett has left her position as one of the executive producers of ‘The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’. According to sources, Bennett’s position, in which she oversaw the business and production aspects of production, was eliminated around the Memorial Day break.
The news follows less than two months after CBS announced that Chris Licht would be taking on the role as showrunner. Despite initial reports that Licht’s hiring would not effect Tom Purcell or Bennett’s roles as executive producers, it appears that Licht has assumed many of Bennett’s duties in his role as showrunner.
Bennett was a part of the staff who moved with Colbert to CBS from Comedy Central’s ‘The Colbert Report’, where she served as a co-executive producer. Eric Drysdale, another long time Colbert staffer, has also left his role as a writer for ‘The Late Show’, joining the writing staff at ‘Full Frontal with Samantha Bee’ (TBS) earlier this year.
“Are people going to watch one guy talk for 22 minutes? As it turns out, if it’s Stephen Colbert, of course they are.”
Former Colbert Report writer Eric Drysdale shared this insight and other gems with former veteran Daily Show scribe J.R. Havlan for his podcast “Writers’ Bloc.” After teasing each other mercilessly for several minutes at the top, Eric discusses his early childhood fascination with comedy, inspired in part by listening to his Dad’s old 45s.
Eric is a familiar face to the Colbert Nation, having famously played Bobby the Stage Manager for several years. Previously, he was a writer on The Daily Show – you can check him out appearing in a few bits here and there early on. He is distinguished in having left the Daily Show to join Stephen on the then novel Colbert Report, and with the exception of a brief leave from April 2008 – October 2009, has been on the Colbert Report from start to finish. His departure was marked by Stephen eating Bobby the Stage Manager, even polishing off his ghost ribs for good measure.
The Colbert Report writers lead by Barry Julien on stage accepting their Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards for ‘Outstanding Writing For A Variety Series’, and later posing with their awards at the Comedy Central Creative Arts Emmy Party.
Congratulations to the staff of The Colbert Report who have won the Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Award for “Outstanding Writing For A Variety Series.” Congratulations are also in order for The Daily Show, who won the Emmy for “Outstanding Picture Editing For Short-Form Segments And Variety Specials.”