This week David Letterman will retire from “The Late Show,” and fellow late night comedian Jimmy Kimmel shared some kind words during Tuesday’s (May 19) “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”
During his monologue, Kimmel explained, “I watched the show every night. I never missed it. And little did I know that many years and many pounds later, that watching that show was a great education for me. The reason I have this show is because the executives at ABC saw me when I was a guest on Dave’s show, and hired me to host this show.”
He’s getting ready to wrap up his tenure as host of “The Late Show,” and David Letterman told the New York Times that Stephen Colbert wasn’t the first person he thought of when it came to finding his successor.
The 68-year-old comedian explained that CBS never consulted him in the matter. “Just as a courtesy, maybe somebody would say,‘You know, we’re kicking around some names. Do you have any thoughts here?' But it doesn’t bother me now. At the time, I had made the decision [to leave] and I thought, O.K., this is what comes when you make this decision. Not my show. When we sign off, we’re out of business with CBS.”
The "Colbert Report" star, who will take over for the retiring Letterman sometime in 2015, chatted with the late night show's current host, telling him “Well, obviously I’m thrilled and honored to be taking over for you.”
Fresh off the exciting new regarding Stephen Colbert's new gig, Comedy Central announced “The Colbert Report” impending end date.
On Thursday (April 10), the network released a statement, which read, “Comedy Central is proud that the incredibly talented Stephen Colbert has been part of family for nearly two decades. We look forward to the next eight months of the ground-breaking ‘Colbert Reporter” and wish Stephen the very best.”