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Stephen Colbert pays visit to new Late Show home

Published on Apr 23, 2014 5:35 PM
 

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - Stephen Colbert dropped in on David Letterman's late night CBS talk show, the Late Show on Tuesday, to get a glimpse of the rigours of the high-profile job he will take over in 2015. "He just stopped by to sign the lease," Letterman said of his successor in his opening monologue.

Continuing the passing-of-the-torch theme, the host quipped,"You look right at home," as Colbert took his seat.

In a nod to Letterman's successful, 20-year run on the show, Colbert said, "I'm going to do whatever you have done," to which the often self-deprecating Letterman replied, "Oh no, no, no, you don't want to do that." The lovefest continued with the pair later taking a selfie of themselves, using Colbert's phone.

But after telling Letterman, "Obviously, I'm thrilled to be taking over for you," Colbert recounted past near-misses with the veteran host, including a 1986 internship he turned down, "Because you did not pay people," and a bid to write for Letterman's show more than a decade later.

Comedian Stephen Colbert arrives to be honored at the Time 100 Gala in New York in this April 24, 2012 file photo. Stephen Colbert dropped in on David Letterman's late night CBS talk show, the Late Show on Tuesday, to get a glimpse of the rigours of the high-profile job he will take over in 2015. "He just stopped by to sign the lease," Letterman said of his successor in his opening monologue. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS
 
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