Conan O'Brien is playing nice in late-night land.
The comedian and former host of “The Tonight Show” praised the choice of
“I love Stephen. I think Stephen’s great. I’m a huge fan of his as a comic and as a human being,” O’Brien, who hosts “Conan” on
O’Brien, who has been rehearsing for Sunday's
The question for the late-night industry and many viewers is how much Colbert, 49, will have to alter his on-camara persona once he leaves
"Simply being a guest on David Letterman's show has been a highlight of my career," Colbert said in a statement. "I never dreamed that I would follow in his footsteps, though everyone in late night follows Dave's lead. I'm thrilled and grateful that CBS chose me. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go grind a gap in my front teeth."