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Stephen Colbert will be next host of 'The Late Show'

Published on Apr 11, 2014 12:55 AM

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) – Comedian Stephen Colbert, who made his mark poking fun at political conservatives on cable television’s Comedy Central channel, was named on Thursday to succeed veteran late-night star David Letterman as the host of the CBS “Late Show” next year.

Colbert, 49, currently host of “The Colbert Report,” a weeknight show in which he parodies the role of a dim-witted, big-egoed conservative pundit, has signed a five-year agreement with CBS, the network said in a statement.

Details of how the format of “Late Show” will change under Colbert’s stewardship, or whether it will remain based in New York City, have yet to be determined.

But Colbert said he will drop his Comedy Central persona, which he first popularised as a member of the cast of “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.” His Emmy-winning “The Colbert Report”debuted in October 2005 and has attracted a strong following among young males, a coveted group that CBS is likely eying with its choice of Colbert.

Comedian Stephen Colbert arrives at the White House in Washington, DC in this February 11, 2014 file photo. -- PHOTO: AFP
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