“The production office is open, the premiere date is set, and we’re incredibly excited to welcome the creative and comedic genius of Stephen Colbert to CBS late night this fall,” said Nina Tassler, Chairman, CBS Entertainment, in a statement. “I have nine months to make a show, just like a baby. So first, I should find out how you make a baby,” added Colbert.
Colbert is well-known for his late night satirical show “The Colbert Report,” which ended on Dec. 18, 2014. The program earned two Peabody Awards and 29 Emmy Award nominations, including two Emmy wins for Outstanding Variety Series (2013, 2014) and four Emmy wins for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program (2008, 2010, 2013, 2014).
David Letterman, the host of the CBS late-night series for 21 years, revealed his intention to retire on his April 3, 2014, broadcast. As previously announced, he will host his final broadcast on May 20.