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Stephen Colbert on taking over for Letterman: 'Those are some huge shoes to fill -- and some really big pants'

“One thing before we get started,” Stephen Colbert said at the beginning of Thursday’s Colbert Report. “There was some big news last week that slipped through my news-crack. It concerned someone I’ve admired for years, and yet, surprisingly, is not me.”

Colbert was speaking, of course, about David Letterman — who revealed on April 3 that he’s leaving CBS’s Late Show in 2015. Just one week later, word broke that his desk will be inherited by none other than Colbert himself. (By which I mean the actual Stephen Colbert — not the character he’s been playing on the Report since 2005.)

“Dave has been on the air my entire adult life,” Colbert continued. “Late Night debuted my first night in college. I learned more from watching Dave than I did from going to my classes, especially the ones I did not go to because I had stayed up till 1:30 watching Dave.

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I love Stephen Colbert and yet....

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After intense speculation about who would replace the irreplaceable David Letterman when he retires in 2015, CBS announced Thursday that it had tapped Stephen Colbert in a five-year deal. The 49-year-old funnyman will shed the ultra-conservative buffoon persona that made his Comedy Central The Colbert Report such a shrewd delight in the transition. Letterman himself has since released a gracious statement supporting the move: “Stephen has always been a real friend to me. I’m very excited for him, and I’m flattered that CBS chose him. I also happen to know they wanted another guy with glasses.”

Colbert is often the smartest, funniest person in the room and yet, I admit to a deflated feeling upon hearing the news. Oh for the love of, another white guy in a suit with glasses and hipster cred? I had this ridiculous, impossible fantasy of waking up to news that daffy Amy Sedaris (a favorite guest of Letterman’s) might be Dave’s successor. Imagine the runaway train conversations she’d suck anybody into who sat in that guest chair. READ FULL STORY

Celebrities react to Stephen Colbert taking over 'Late Show'

The speculation is over: Stephen Colbert is officially replacing David Letterman as host of CBS’ Late Show after the longtime host retires in 2015. #CancelColbert worked after all! (Kidding. This has nothing to do with angry tweeters… probaby.)

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Tracy Morgan wants David Letterman's job -- VIDEO

Watch your back, Jimmy Fallon: One of your former Saturday Night Live co-stars is gunning for David Letterman’s job.

Tracy Morgan stopped by the Today show Thursday morning, where he told Matt Lauer he’s launching a new campaign: To become CBS’s next late night host. “Jimmy Fallon needs some competition,” he explained. Hold up, everyone. Let’s not dismiss this too quickly — Morgan’s show sounds amazing.

The band: “It would be different every night. It might be Drake one night, it might be Sly and the Family Stone [the next].”

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Ellen DeGeneres gives sample 'Late Show' monologue -- VIDEO

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Ellen DeGeneres may be a hilarious host for daytime TV and the Oscars — but late night? Maybe not so much.

Since David Letterman announced that he’s retiring in 2015, speculation has swirled about who might replace him on the Late Show — and Ellen’s name has always been near the top of the list. So in Thursday’s episode of Ellen, DeGeneres addresses the rumors by giving us a taste of what her late night monologues might be like. (She also kind of shut down the idea that she might take over for Dave: “I am flattered, but I really love doing my daytime show,” DeGeneres said, “But I feel like you don’t really know if you’re good until you try it.”)

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Lindsay Lohan and David Letterman call Oprah on 'Late Show' -- VIDEO

David Letterman is really bad at prank calling.

Lindsay Lohan went on The Late Show, which airs Wednesday night,  and proposed — nay, begged – Letterman to call Oprah on-air. Letterman obliged, calling Oprah and pretending (very unconvincingly) to be Lohan’s secretary until Oprah asked, for the second time, “Who is this?” and he revealed himself.

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In case you missed it: 'The Simpsons' pay tribute to David Letterman -- VIDEO

Homer Simpson isn’t the biggest fan of the Big Apple. (“New York is a hellhole. And you know how I feel about hellholes.”) But when a comedy legend announces that he’s retiring after more than 30 consecutive years on late-night TV, it’s important to pay your respects — even if that means facing terrible traffic, street shysters, and haughty gatekeepers in the (animated) city of New York.

That’s exactly what Homer and his family do in the following couch gag, a special online tribute created shortly after Letterman revealed that he’s stepping away from the Late Show in 2015. (Fun fact: It’s actually not the first time the yellow family has crashed Letterman’s set; a less polished gag along these same lines aired before “The Last Temptation of Homer” in 1993.) Sure, The Simpsons and Letterman air on rival networks – but they’re both TV’s elder statesman, and it’s nice to see a venerable comedy franchise honor one of its own.

Now, who’s in the mood for some khlav kalash?

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Jimmy Fallon gives Top 10 reasons why David Letterman is retiring -- VIDEO

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The Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon paid tribute to retiring Late Show star David Letterman with an homage to one of the comedy legend’s most iconic bits: The Top 10 List.

Fallon called his late-night competitor “one in a million” before delivering the sendup, The Top 10 Reasons Why David Letterman Is Retiring, which includes:

10: Wants to quit while he’s still able to compete on Dancing With the Stars.
9. Made millions selling crack to Rob Ford.
8. Time slot was getting too “Jimmyesque.”
7. He’s not retiring — he’s “consciously unhosting.”
6. Stop! Hammock time!
5. Hillary/Letterman 2016!
4. After 31 years, finally got through to the Obamacare website!
3. One word: E-loprah
2. Jay Leno needs a partner for next season’s Amazing Race.
1. Jimmy Fallon is stealing his bits.

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Late Night Highlight: Johnny Depp shares some big news with David Letterman

Hereeee’s Johnny!

Johnny Depp dropped by the Late Show with David Letterman last night, just minutes after Letterman officially announced he was retiring. Depp joked that he was planning on announcing a retirement as well (say it ain’t so!), but that Letterman stole his thunder.

Of course, Depp still had big news: He confirmed his engagement to actress Amber Heard. But why was he wearing her engagement ring during the appearance? Watch our Late Night Highlight video below to find out: READ FULL STORY

David Letterman: Top 10 things we'll miss

It’s easy to forget: David Letterman took the formal late-night interview format and made it fun. Goofy, sarcastic, blunt, even. He was an innovator who played with the mechanics of the medium, a B.S.-free trailblazer.

Here, from the home office in Sioux City, Iowa, are the top 10 things we’ll miss: READ FULL STORY

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