Late-Night Hosts React To Colbert Replacing Letterman
By JACKIE WILLIS
April 11, 2014
The Colbert Report funnyman Stephen Colbert will replace David Letterman as host of CBS' Late Show, and his fellow late-night hosts are taking the announcement rather well.
From The Daily Show's Jon Stewart to The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon, here some of the responses, including Colbert's reaction, since news broke of the Comedy Central star's move to network television:
Stephen Colbert "I gotta tell you, I do not envy whoever they try to put in that chair. ...Those are some huge shoes to fill -- and some really big pants," Colbert said on Colbert Report when addressing taking over the Late Show. "Dave has been on the air my entire adult life. [NBC's] Late Night debuted my first year in college. I learned more from watching Dave than I did from going to my classes. Especially the ones I did not go to, because I had stayed up until 1:30 watching Dave. This man has influenced every host who came after him, and even a few who came before him. He’s that good."
Jon Stewart "You may remember a few years back there was a gentleman on this program by the name of Stephen Colbert. He was yea high, skin like porcelain, very talented actor, writer, dancer, improvisational comedian. We would send him to the field, usually with some type of fruit, and see where the day took us."
In all seriousness, Stewart added, "Truly one of great pleasures of doing this show has been trying to maintain professional composure while Mr. Colbert is making me laugh uncontrollably. So the exciting news today is I no longer need a cable subscription for the privilege of watching Stephen Colbert: Our good friend Stephen Colbert will be heading to CBS to take over the Late Show from, for at least me, the comedian broadcaster who is the best there ever was, David Letterman. And I think -- here is the exciting thing for me, I think Stephen Colbert is up for the challenge. So while we wish Dave the absolute best for a well-earned retirement, there’s no greater joy for seeing a genuinely good man who works as hard as he can every day and deserves all the success in the world actually get that success."
Jimmy Fallon "Of course, I want to say congratulations to our pal Stephen Colbert, who will be taking over for David Letterman next year. We’re very happy for that guy. He's very funny. He's a good friend," Fallon began The Tonight Show. "Now, a lot of people in the media are already talking about there being a new late night war -- and I just want to say there's not going to be any war. It'll be a dance off. A late night dance off! Get ready, Stephen."
Craig Ferguson "First of all, before we begin tonight, may I congratulate the lovely Stephen Colbert on getting the Late Show. ...Isn't that lovely? Congratulations, Stephen! A fine addition to the CBS cavalcade of stars."
In addition, check out these tweets from stars and hosts alike:
Congratulations to @StephenAtHome! Could not have happened to a nicer guy— Seth Meyers (@sethmeyers) April 10, 2014
Congratulations to the hugely talented and fragrant and lovely @StephenAtHome on the new gig. Welcome to the CBS funhouse.— Craig Ferguson (@CraigyFerg) April 10, 2014
I'd like to welcome the great @StephenAtHome to network late night and also congratulate him on his new name: Jimmy Colbert.— jimmy fallon (@jimmyfallon) April 10, 2014
Congratulations to Stephen Colbert the person and condolences to Stephen Colbert the character.— Michael Ian Black (@michaelianblack) April 10, 2014
John and I truly think Stephen Colbert is one of the greatest entertainers on this planet. So happy and excited for this man!!— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) April 10, 2014
Congratulations to Stephen Colbert for succeeding David Letterman. He should be terrific! @StephenAtHome - will you stay in character?— Larry King (@kingsthings) April 10, 2014
Congratulations to Stephen Colbert.— Matt Lauer (@MLauer) April 10, 2014
What's your reaction to Colbert's upcoming role as Late Show host?