The Colbert Report – David Letterman’s Retirement

Updated : Oct 26, 2019 in Articles

The Colbert Report – David Letterman’s Retirement


>>Stephen: WELCOME TO THE
REPORT, EVERYBODY. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING
US. THANKS SO MUCH.>>STEPHEN! STEPHEN! STEPHEN! STEPHEN! STEPHEN! STEPHEN! STEPHEN! STEPHEN.>>Stephen: THANK YOU SO
MUCH, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN. ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
THANK YOU SO MUCH. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, WE’VE GOT
TO– FOLKS, I GOTTA TELL YOU, ONE QUICK THING, ONE QUICK
THING. I KNOW WE’VE GOT A BIG SHOW TO
DO TONIGHT, BUT ONE THING BEFORE WE GET STARTED, THERE WAS SOME
BIG NEWS LAST WEEK THAT SLIPPED THROUGH MY NEWS CRACK, AND IT
CONCERNS SOMEONE I’VE ADMIRED FOR YEARS, AND YET SURPRISINGLY
IS NOT ME. I’M TALKING ABOUT DAVID
LETTERMAN, WHO LAST THURSDAY NIGHT ANNOUNCED HIS RETIREMENT. AND I AM GOING TO MISS THIS GOOD
MAN. DAVE HAS BEEN ON THE AIR MY
ENTIRE ADULT LIFE, “LATE NIGHT” DEBUTED MY FIRST YEAR IN
COLLEGE. I LEARNED MORE FROM WATCHING
DAVE THAN I DID FROM GOING TO MY CLASSES. ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ). ESPECIALLY– ESPECIALLY THE ONES
I DID NOT GO TO BECAUSE I HAD STAYED UP UNTIL 1:30 WATCHING
DAVE.( APPLAUSE )
THIS MAN HAS INFLUENCED EVERY HOST WHO CAME AFTER HIM, AND
EVEN A FEW WHO CAME BEFORE HIM. HE’S THAT GOOD. ( LAUGHTER )
AND I GOTTA TELL YOU, I DO NOT ENVY WHOEVER THEY TRY TO PUT IN
THAT CHAIR. ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
>>STEPHEN! STEPHEN! STEPHEN! STEPHEN! STEPHEN! STEPHEN! STEPHEN! STEPHEN!>>Stephen: FOLKS, FOLKS, THOSE ARE SOME HUGE SHOES TO
FILL, AND SOME REALLY BIG PANTS.

72 Comments

  • I wonder if he is going to continue the whole satire thing. I really wonder what there going to do. Two entirely different shows…Also can someone tell me what good this is going to do for his career? he is already the second most popular late night show behind Stewart. Is this just about money…? are they going to change the name of the show? so many questions ahahaaa

  • Maybe its me but I feel like this is a demotion. I know the money he is going to get will be ridiculous and maybe he will have room to try more comedy that is not related to politics but at the end of the day, I just don't see them having the freedom Comedy Central allows. The Colbert Report is not just another late night show like The Tonight Show, Late Show, etc.

  • Steven:I do not envy whoever they try to put in that chair…

    Us:We're not stupid Steven, we know it's you, good luck Steven LOL

  • so exciting for the whole TCR team – if ever there was somehow a hybrid homerun and touchdown, this is it . This will be be a fun victory lap for everyone. No just make a nice pass off transition of TCR ( or just its timeslot), that's be a hole -in-one.

  • Dave and Johnny were the reasons I was so tired at school the next morning. My sense of humor grew out of watching these guys. Dave rocks! Stephen will rock too!

    Couldn't have happened to a better guy!

  • I like Colbert because he is one of the few left-wing comedians who dares to mock conservatives and religious people. He is so progressive and bold in choosing his targets.

  • " I do not envy who they try to put in that chair…..those are some HUGE shoes to fill"………Little does Stephen know, …. 😛 LOL

  • Letterman is a talk show host and Steven plays a conservative on a news parody show. I imagine Steven will be himself when he takes over like jimmy or Conan. They don't have an alternative personality and their shows aren't 100% news oriented. They talk briefly about some breaking news but the rest of the show is non political skits, guests from all walks, and a lot of humor. Talk shows are about bringing on guests and interviewing them while Colbert report was about mocking the news totally unrelated shows.

  • Stephen Colbert has been such a huge part of my life for so long. I genuinely believe that he will kick total ass. I mean he is seriously one of the greatest artists of our time and a simple change of reference will only liberate him more. I never have known much about Dave Letterman admittedly but no one defines their self by their name really anyway. I do mean artist. Also this has all been for-told by a guest Colbert had long ago that found his ancestor with a very relevant name that you could not imagine without highly obvious context clues. (wink)

  • As funny as it would have been if Louis CK had taken over for Letterman (because of the story arc on Louie), Colbert is a great choice. But now who can we turn to for The Report?

  • This geezer will be 50, almost 51 when he starts on Late Show next year. Then again, Carson was 66 when he retired from The Tonight Show so I guess Colbert still has some years in him. Great choice for CBS.

  • I will miss Colbert Report. From most reports Colbert is gonna retire his character once he goes to Late Show. Its the end of an era for both . Colbert Report was one of the best shows on Comedy Central and David Letterman will never be replaced. Good luck Stephen Colbert. 

  • On one hand, great choice for Letterman's replacement; on the other, Colbert's genius will be largely wasted on such a relatively banal gig. 

  • Really think Steven should stick to the Colbert Report. They should get someone like Fallon or Kimmel to do the Late Night show.  

    Not that i think he wont kill at as a host(cause he will), it's just that they won't be able to get anyone to replace him on the Report and i really love the Report. 

  • For the people who are upset that we will no longer see the Stephen Colbert character:

    You need to remember that he is going to have an hour with the Late Show.  Just like how Dave does the Top Ten every night after his monologue, Stephen will have something like "The Report with Stephen Colbert" and he'll run out as his Colbert character and report the news from DC like he does now.  CBS knows what we want, it'll all be great!

  • I hope he doesn't shy away from politics just to break away from this character. His wit is so cutting, and in times like these, it's really cathartic. I think that's why I'm going to miss him on the Colbert Report so much. 

  • Here's the thing though, and take it from a 90's kid, Steven's audience is mostly the young crowd right? It's why he was asked to be the new host. But late night shows are dying. Us kids today don't watch late night, no one ever says "Hey did you catch Fallon last night?" With adult swim and other late night cartoon shows/video games, the attention to interactive late night is dwindling down. Steven should stick to his niche, because once his character and novelty wear off with the new show, the ratings will slowly decline :/

  • He'll be okay if he does something different than the rest now. And if he lets the silvers come through on his temples. The shellac budget must cut into the superpac funds.

  • "I do not envy whoever fills that chair." That would be you, Stephen. And you call yourself your biggest fan. Go friggin' figure.

  • Oh yeah CBS is going to pay him more than Comedy Central for sure. They need him Because their audience is so small and so old. 

  • I still can't believe this guy will be replacing Letterman… than again, that's what I said when O'Brain took over for Dave back in '93  

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