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Montclair's Stephen Colbert to Replace Letterman as 'Late Show' Host

Comedian signed a five-year contract to lead CBS show starting in 2015.

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It was only a few months ago when Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon shared the stage at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark.

Now the pair will soon go head-to-head on the two biggest late-night shows.

Colbert, who lives in Montclair, will replace David Letterman as host of the "Late Show" sometime next year, CBS announced Thursday.

The 49-year-old host, writer and executive producer of "The Colbert Report" signed a five-year contract with CBS.

"Stephen Colbert is one of the most inventive and respected forces on television," CBS Chairman and CEO Les Moonves said in a statement Thursday. "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."

When Letterman first announced his retirement last week, Los Angeles Eric Garcetti publicly asked CBS to move the popular program from New York to Los Angeles. No word on that, although New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio wasn't pleased with the invitation.

Colbert has hosted "The Colbert Report," which has earned two Peabody Awards and 27 Emmy nominations, since 2005.

"Simply being a guest on David Letterman's show has been a highlight of my career. I never dreamed that I would follow in his footsteps, though everyone in late night follows Dave's lead," Colbert said in a statement. "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."
Clay Thomas April 12, 2014 at 10:07 PM
It's really simple, even a caveman can understand! If you don't like it, don't watch!
Sayona April 13, 2014 at 01:04 AM
My problem with this? Who to watch- Colbert or Fallon? Tough choice. Wonder if Fallon will share Timberlake or not?
WMS826 April 13, 2014 at 08:42 AM
If you don't like it then don't watch....then stop bringing up Fox News when you liberals are backed into a corner or rush Limbaugh. These are not suppose to be political shows yet for some reason they choose to put a man in that slot with a political agenda. Bad choice in my opinion.
Brian N April 13, 2014 at 09:13 AM
Colbert will have no political agenda on The Late Show. Maybe you should read more about the actual man instead of making comments based off if a 'character' that he plays on a completely different kind of TV show.
jim April 17, 2014 at 09:52 AM
WMS826- dont blame cbs and colbert, blame the almighty "Free Market". CBS makes money by having good ratings. Colbert has a proven track record of winning awards and getting good ratings. If you "conservatives" produced a better and more entertaining product than maybe a conservative leaning host would have been chosen as a replacement. I'm a libertarian who enjoys colbert, he often mocks republicans but also mocks democrats and obama. he spent weeks making fun of obama, the aca roll out, and nsa spying. unlike fox news who will slam democrats but never go against "their guys" even when they screw up. colbert also admits he is a comedian unlike fox news who pretend to be "fair and Balanced" news. here's the problem with current republicans: they love the free market accept when it works against them- colbert has good ratings and is chosen as a replacement, republicans cry "war on consevative values" instead of admitting colbert just puts out a more entertaining product. they have an imaginary war on christians and thinks christianity belongs in public schools, but if muslim budhism or any other beliefs are mentioned in schools they are the 1st to complain. christian parents recently sued a school for teaching kids yoga they got all hot and bothered when bloomberg tried to limit soda sizes to help with our obesity problem. they said its our choice as americans to drink as much soda as we want even though it has harmful health effects, however they will fight other peoples freedom to smoke marijuana. they believe in the "trickle down" effect for the rich (even though they keep a lot of the money in off shore banks) to help the economy, however dont believe if you raise minimum wage it will have any type of trickle down effect (that money would not be banked over seas it would go right back in to the economy).

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