Stephen Colbert is a descendent of the original four Fee Bros. who started a wine business in Rochester back in the 1860s. Their slogan: “The House of Fee by the Genesee since eighteen hundred and sixty-three.”
“We have the same great-grandfather as Stephen Colbert. His grandmother (Marie Fee) and my grandfather (John Charles Fee II) were sister and brother. His mother (Lorna Tuck Colbert) and my father (Jack Fee) are first cousins,” explains Ellen Fee, 56, who now runs the Portland Avenue beverage ingredients company with her brother Joe.
Overwhelmed by the explosion of news reports, interviews and articles that have swept across the media since CBS announced that Stephen Colbert would succeed David Letterman as host of ‘The Late Show’? Well don’t worry, Colbert News Hub has you covered. We’ve done our best to compile all the breaking news and information surrounding the newest late night shuffle up. As more news and information becomes available over the coming days and months, we will continue to update this post with the latest developments.
Today, we have a special treat for you Hubsters! Guest contributor Sharilyn Johnson has sent in this article examining the upside to losing Stephen Colbert as host of ‘The Colbert Report’. Sharilyn is a Toronto-based writer and comedy journalist, who created the stage show ‘Fake News Fangirl’. You can read Colbert News Hub’s exclusive interview with her here.
5 Silver Linings of Losing the Colbert Report
By the end of 2014, “Stephen Colbert” the character will be no more. That’s lot to process. It’s sudden, it’s surreal, and – despite the “onwards and upwards” angle to all this – it’s sad. The Colbert Report has been a unique television creation in so many ways, and it’s a shame to see it disappear. But aside from what we’re directly getting in exchange (an hour of the real Stephen, five nights a week), there are other upsides to the loss.
Following CBS’s announcement on Thursday that Stephen Colbert would replace David Letterman as host of ‘The Late Show’ in 2015, the hosts of late night weighed in on the announcement.
In years gone by, the announcement of a new host has brought with it feuds, betrayals and late nights wars. But in recent times, the atmosphere has changed. Today’s generation of late night host addressed the news by offering their congratulations and best wishes to their newly promoted colleague.
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.”
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!!
Event Description: Julie Taymor is a Tony Award-winning director and an Academy Award-nominated director whose productions include musicals, plays, classical operas, and films. Hailed as one of the most imaginative and provocative directors and designers working in the arts today, Taymor’s work includes Theatre for a New Audience’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Broadway’s all-time highest grossing show, The Lion King, as well as the films Titus, Frida, Across the Universe, and The Tempest. In this conversation with Stephen Colbert, she talks about her directorial work moving between stage and screen.
Venue: Montclair Kimberley Academy
Date: Sunday, May 4th at 1:30 PM