After nearly a decade of existing as living satirical caricature, Stephen Colbert will next year at last be allowed to decompress as host of The Late Show. CBS today made official that the longtime Colbert Report host will succeed David Letterman whenever Dave walks away from the desk in 2015. Say hello to a new era of late night, and good-bye to one of cable news's most moderate conservatives.
In a statement, Colbert said, "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. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go grind a gap in my front teeth."
That's obviously not necessary, but is it too much to ask to have Paul Dinello permanently on the couch?