Stephen Colbert First Late Show Set For September 8
Stephen Colbert will debut as host of “The Late Show” on Tuesday, September 8, 2015. The announcement was made by CBS at the network’s Television Critics Association event on Monday. As previously announced, David Letterman, who has hosted the show since 1993, will have his final broadcast on May 20.
At the TCA event, CBS chief Nina Tassler noted that she was excited to having “the smartest man in the room” join the network’s late-night lineup entering a big presidential election year. CBS is in talks with Letterman about doing special shows ahead of his departure.
As for the format of Colbert’s show, Tassler said, “It will be parts traditional, though some things he would want to do differently… He is putting a lot of attention on the show, which he still wants to be topical, relevant and dealing with current events.”
Letterman announced his retirement last year, and CBS quickly named Colbert as his replacement. Shortly thereafter, Colbert appeared on “The Late Show,” where he told the outgoing host he was “thrilled and honored” to be taking over the spot. Last month, Colbert said goodbye to his Comedy Central series “The Colbert Report,” with a star-studded musical finale and the Twitter sign-off, “I changed the world!”