Colbert: 'I Do Not Envy' Letterman's Replacement

His 'Colbert Report' character reacts to retirement news
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 11, 2014 7:16 AM CDT

Stephen Colbert, or rather the character he plays on the Colbert Report, offered up a response last night to a tidbit that last week "slipped through my news crack." It turns out David Letterman is retiring from his Late Show hosting duties, and "I gotta tell you, I do not envy whoever they try to put in that chair," Colbert said as the Report opened. "Those are some huge shoes to fill—and some really big pants." Of course, it's Colbert himself who will be filling those shoes, and E! reports that his Comedy Central show will end in eight months as he prepares to transition to CBS sometime next year.

Jon Stewart praised the move last night on the Daily Show, offering up as tribute an amusing clip of Colbert back in his Daily Show correspondent days, completely losing it on camera (and causing Stewart to lose it, too). "Truly, one of the great pleasures of doing this show has been trying to maintain professional composure whilst Mr. Colbert is making me laugh uncontrollably," Stewart said, adding that Colbert is "up to the challenge" of taking over for Letterman. Who isn't a fan of the move? Rush Limbaugh, the Huffington Post reports. "CBS has just declared war on the heartland of America," he said yesterday. "No longer is comedy going to be a covert assault on traditional American values, conservatism. Now it's just wide out in the open. ... They hired a partisan, so-called comedian to run a comedy show." (More Stephen Colbert stories.)

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