Stephen Colbert to appear on ‘Late Show with David Letterman’ before replacing David Letterman

By Daniel S Levine,

Stephen Colbert, who was picked to replace David Letterman on CBS’ Late Show, will stop by the show to chat with his idol.

CBS said today in a statement that Colbert will be on the Late Show on Tuesday, April 22. It will be Colbert’s first appearance on the show since he was named Letterman’s replacement on Thursday.

Colbert currently hosts The Colbert Report on Comedy Central and began his career in satire as a correspondent on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart before graduating to his own show. His contract with Comedy Central reportedly runs through the end of the year. Viacom owns both CBS and Comedy Central.

Letterman announced plans to retire on April 3. He will continue hosting until early 2015, when his current contract runs out.

“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,” Colbert said in a statement last week. “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.”

Colbert also assured viewers that he will not be bringing his Colbert Report character to CBS.



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