Stephen Colbert makes Late Show appearance

Stephen Colbert, the new host of the Late Show from next year, made his first appearance on the programme last night (Tuesday) since the announcement earlier this month.

He appeared as himself like he will be doing when he takes over the Late Show in 2015, not as the character he portrays on his hit Comedy Central satirical comedy show The Colbert Report.

Stephen Colbert and David LettermanThey had real chemistry between them, and Dave seemed genuinely thrilled to have him taking over hosting duties from him.

When talking about what it feels like to get the Late Show job, Stephen said “obviously I’m thrilled… I’m going to do whatever you have done”, with Letterman joking “you don’t want to do that”. “It seems to have gone pretty well, Dave” Stephen said, to which Dave joked “it’s gone on”.

Stephen explained how, back in 1986 when Dave was on NBC with Late Night, he inadvertently had an interview for an internship on the programme when he went to his then-girlfriend’s audition for the same gig. He said “I did not take the internship because you do not pay people” and joked “the next job I’m taking, that pays, right? Because I’ve already signed”.

He also had another encounter in the 1990s, this time submitting jokes to get a writing job on the Late Show on CBS. He told Letterman how nobody got back to him for 4 months (with Dave joking that sounded about right) and by this point he had already been hired by Comedy Central for Strangers With Candy, and the rest is history.

One of the Top Ten lists he submitted for the Late Show back in the 1990s got an airing during last night’s appearance. The Top Ten, entitled “Top Ten Cocktails For Santa” (it was submitted around Christmas time, Colbert explained), was read out in a complete segment with the Top Ten opening titles & music. Dave jokingly expressed some mock outrage saying he hadn’t got the job yet and retorted “don’t let the door hit you in the ass”.

Dave suggested they pose together for a selfie, so Colbert got his phone out:

Colbert brought up how Dave hadn’t told him when he was starting yet, saying he was ending The Colbert Report at the end of the year then had no idea what he was doing after that until the Late Show starts. No date was given by Dave as to when he will be retiring, other than it being some time in 2015.

Watch the interview in full:

Associated Press – “Letterman gets visit from his successor, Colbert”
The New York Times – “Letterman Introduces His Successor on ‘Late Show’”

Stephen Colbert to be a guest on the Late Show next week

Stephen Colbert will stop by the Ed Sullivan Theater next week, it has been confirmed.

Stephen ColbertThis will be his first appearance on the programme since it was announced last week that he’ll succeed David Letterman as host of the Late Show when he steps down next year.

Although he’s been on the Late Show before, it will be interesting to see if he appears in character like he does on The Colbert Report (portraying a right-wing blowhard) for next week’s interview, or if he appears as himself. It’s already been confirmed Colbert will host the Late Show as himself (not in character) when he takes over in 2015.

Catch his Late Show interview next Tuesday (22nd April).

Popular news website Mashable has also posted up some further details about Stephen Colbert’s plans, saying:

Stephen Colbert will end The Colbert Report when his contract expires at the end of 2014, take a break, and start gearing up to take over The Late Show most likely in the fall of 2015 — capping an informal succession plan that’s been in motion going back as far as December 2012.

Whether or not he will change the pronunciation of his surname when he takes over has also been talked about:

There’s no need to switch to an Americanized pronunciation of his name: Colbert won’t go back to KOHL-bert, but will keep the soft-ending kohl-BAYR, which he took on back in college. It was a personal choice — not as part of any schtick — and he’s not the only member of his family to use the more French-leaning pronunciation.

The Michael McIntyre Chat Show to return for a second series

The Michael McIntyre Chat Show will be back for another series, it has been confirmed:

There was speculation over whether the programme would return after its first series with mixed reviews and reports Michael McIntyre was uncomfortable with the chat show format.

However, the show has clearly managed to turn itself around and will now be back on our screens again for a second series some time later this year. The final show of series 1 will air on BBC1 this Monday night with guests Sir Bruce Forsyth, James Corden and Alex Jones.

Stephen Colbert to succeed Letterman as Late Show host

Stephen Colbert will take over the Late Show next year when David Letterman retires, CBS have announced today. Today’s announcement comes just a week after Letterman’s surprise retirement announcement.

Stephen ColbertStephen Colbert, who currently hosts the Daily Show spinoff satire programme The Colbert Report on Comedy Central, has said he’s thrilled with the move to CBS – “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… I’m thrilled and grateful that CBS chose me”.

He joked “now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go grind a gap in my front teeth”.

The official news piece by CBS reads, in part, as follows:

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. Letterman determines a timetable for his final broadcasts in 2015.

In addition to the confirmation that Stephen Colbert will become the new host of the 11.35pm slot on CBS, it also confirms the programme will keep its “Late Show” name after David Letterman hangs up his suit & tie for the final time.

CBS are not saying whether any existing features or segments from the current incarnation of the Late Show will make the switch across to the new Colbert-fronted programme, nor whether the new look show will be taped at the legendary Ed Sullivan Theater in New York – “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”.

CBS President Les Moonves has said “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 has confirmed he won’t be hosting the Late Show in character like he does on The Colbert Report portraying a right-wing blowhard – “I won’t be doing the new show in character, so we’ll all get to find out how much of him was me. I’m looking forward to it”.

The Colbert Report, which premiered in 2005, has received wide acclaim from audiences and has earned two Peabody Awards and 27 Emmy nominations including winning the Emmy for best late night host last year.

Letterman released the following statement – “Stephen has always been a real friend to me. I’m very excited for him, and I’m flattered that CBS chose him. I also happen to know they wanted another guy with glasses”.

It is rumoured this signing was planned for some time as, coincidentally, his Comedy Central contract will expire at the end of this year, according to The New York Times – making it an ideal opportunity for the move to CBS.

Late Show producer Barbara Gaines posting this humorous response on Twitter earlier:

Fellow talk show host Jimmy Fallon posted his congratulations on Twitter:

CBS Late Show – “Stephen Colbert Next Host of “The Late Show””
The New York Times – “Colbert to Succeed Letterman on ‘Late Show’”