Well… The rumors have started swirling about who’s going to take over David Letterman’s chair at The Late Show. Mashable reports exclusively — citing “sources” — that Stephen Colbert is the top choice within CBS. Via Mashable:
Stephen Colbert is CBS’ top choice to replace the retiring David Letterman, and has indicated that he’s willing to take over the Late Show when the time comes, people familiar with both sides of the discussions tell Mashable.
Colbert has not had any formal contract discussions with CBS, and no agreement is in place, but sources tell Mashable that he first engaged with network executives while Letterman was still mulling the timing of his retirement. Though CBS has had conversations with other candidates, including Colbert’s Comedy Central counterpart Jon Stewart, individuals with knowledge of the situation say Colbert is currently the front-and-center candidate.
A CBS spokesman told Mashable: “We’re not commenting on any rumors or speculation about succession.” Comedy Central had no comment.
Too soon to tell. Have to remember that Colbert is playing a character on Comedy Central in one of the most elaborate “is-this-me-or-is-this-a-persona” shticks in showbiz history. Would it work in the Ed Sullivan Theater at the same timeslot on Network TV? Personally, I don’t see why not…