The guessing game over who would replace
In a statement, Colbert said: "Simply being a guest on David Letterman's show has been a highlight of my career. I never dreamed that I would follow in his footsteps, though everyone in late night follows Dave's lead."
Robbed of the opportunity to continue to spin out who they thought should fill the spot, comedians, writers and fans fell over themselves to share their thoughts on the pick.
Comedian Andy Daly, whose show "Review" also airs on
Jimmy Fallon, whose "Tonight Show" is the current late night champ, showed himself to be a magnanimous competitor, tweeting, "I'd like to welcome the great @StephenAtHome to network late night and also congratulate him on his new name: Jimmy Colbert."
Jimmy Kimmel also congratulated his new competitor, writing, "Congratulations to @StephenAtHome #StephenColbert -- a finer or funnier man I do not know."
"Late Show" Executive Producer Barbara Gaines wrote, "I wake from a colonoscopy (thnx Dr. James Marion) & Stephen Colbert has been named the successor. I can't leave my desk for a minute."
On his radio show,
Nigerian American writer, photographer and art historian Teju Cole was less upbeat about Colbert's new gig, writing, "In spite of being white, male, straight, popular, competent, and rich, Stephen Colbert has overcome the odds and succeeded."