Colbert chosen to replace Letterman on “Late Show”

Stephen Colbert is seen at the Governors Ball at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre on Sunday Sept. 22, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Phil McCarten/Invision for Academy of Television Arts & Sciences/AP Images)

(WWLP) – Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert will replace David Letterman as host of the “Late Show,” CBS announced Thursday.

The host of the satirical “Colbert Report” was among the names that were frequently mentioned as possible replacements for Letterman, who is not expected to be leaving his job until sometime next year.

“Daily Show” host Jon Stewart, another rumored replacement for Letterman, had recently given his endorsement to his fellow Comedy Central star. Other people who were reportedly considered to replace Letterman included Tina Fey, Chelsea Handler, and Ellen DeGeneres.

Letterman had hosted the “Late Show” since its creation in the 1990’s. Prior to that, he had hosted “Late Night” on NBC.

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