Congratulations to Stephen Colbert

The news that Stephen Colbert will be the new host of The Late Show, replacing the retiring David Letterman, couldn't make me happier.  Colbert is one of my favorite comedians and he will be a great fit in this new gig in the late night battlefield.

My only regret is that this means the end of Comedy Central's The Colbert Report. Unlike The Daily Show from which Colbert emerged, and which has had a host before Jon Stewart (i.e., Craig Kilborn) and a successful temporary replacement since (i.e., John Oliver), The Colbert Report is inseparable from its namesake, so its demise is inevitable now that Stephen is heading off to greener network pastures.

I also don't know what to expect from the "real" Stephen Colbert, who won't be donning the super-Conservative persona he has performed so well all these years. Maybe he still will.  One can only hope. As Colbert said to the New York Times: "I won't be doing the new show in character, so we'll all get to find out how much of him was me. I'm looking forward to it."  As are we all!

I've constantly marveled at the level of his comic brilliance, and his masterful connection to his audience.  I hope he can carry that over to CBS and I wish him unlimited good fortune in the decades to come.