That was fast: CBS announces Stephen Colbert to replace David Letterman as THE LATE SHOW host
In the Wait, hold up, what in the what? portion of today’s news, CBS has already announced that Stephen Colbert will officially be taking over The Late Show when David Letterman retires next year.
Speculation hit fever pitch immediately upon Letterman’s announcement that he’ll be leaving in 2015, with Colbert’s name quickly rising to the top of the list of possible replacements.
It’s not that I don’t think Colbert is a greatly funny, intensely smart guy and a good late night farcical TV show host. He’s wonderful. But I don’t know that he’s really the right choice to fill Dave’s shoes.
Aside from feeling like Colbert’s humor and general rapport with others isn’t the exact vibe I would want for a Late Show host (there is a time and a place for Colbert’s style, and that place is not CBS late night), it’s also incredibly disheartening to think that there was likely no chance in hell that ANY woman had any chance to take over the franchise. I know Chelsea Handler’s name was bounced around, but PLEASE. That would have been a bigger mistake than NBC keeping Jay Leno around well past his expiration date. If it wouldn’t take them away from gigs that are already are so plentiful and successful, the likes of Ellen DeGeneres, Tina Fey, Tig Notaro, or Amy Sedaris (wouldn’t that have been THE BOMB?!) would have been perfect candidates.
Did I really think they would be so bold to hire a talented woman to fill his shoes? No. And perhaps that’s actually the problem: I live in a world where I can hope and talk ad nauseum about what a huge step it would be to hire a woman to take over, but deep down it’s like I don’t really believe it’s an actual possibility. And that. Is. Depressing.
So, whether you are excited or pissed that Colbert is taking over for David Letterman, it doesn’t really matter because we’re going to be stuck with him for the next 5 years!