Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The CBS Television Network announced Thursday that Stephen Colbert will take over for David Letterman once he retires as the host of "The Late Show".
"Simply being a guest on David Letterman's show has been a highlight of my career," Colbert said. "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."
Colbert is the host, writer and executive producer of the Emmy and Peabody Award–winning "The Colbert Report".
Letterman announced his retirement on April 3. Colbert's premiere date as host is to be announced along with the show's creative elements, producers and location.
"Stephen Colbert is one of the most inventive and respected forces on television," President and CEO of CBS Corporation, Leslie Moonves, said. "David Letterman's legacy and accomplishments are an incredible source of pride for all of us here, and today's announcement speaks to our commitment of upholding what he established for CBS in late night."
CBS says Colbert has appeared on series such as HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and NBC's "Law & Order: Criminal Intent." They add he was also a cast member and writer on ABC's "The Dana Carvey Show," wrote for "Saturday Night Live" and voiced roles in DreamWorks' animated films "Mr. Peabody and Sherman" and "Monsters vs. Aliens."
"The Late Show" is broadcast weeknights on the CBS Television Network from 11:35 p.m. – 12:37 a.m., ET/PT.