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Here's what the other late-night hosts had to say about Stephen Colbert replacing David Letterman -- VIDEO

The comedy community is busy congratulating Stephen Colbert, who has earned the coveted role of  Late Show host. The news came Thursday afternoon, just one week after outgoing host David Letterman announced his plans to retire in 2015 — and just in time for other late-night hosts to send their regards during Thursday’s new episodes.

Jon Stewart offered the fondest farewell to his Comedy Central colleague, reminiscing about Colbert’s time on The Daily Show with a ridiculous old clip in which both comedians completely blow it because they’re making each other laugh so hard. But Stewart’s ensuing tribute to the man he calls “a very talented actor, writer, dancer, and improvisational comedian” was touching:

“Truly one of the great pleasures of doing this show has been trying to maintain professional composure whilst Mr. Colbert is making me laugh uncontrollably,” Stewart said on last night’s Daily Show. “So, the exciting news today is I no longer need a cable subscription for the privilege of watching Stephen Colbert. Our good friend Stephen Colbert will be heading to CBS to take over the Late Show from, for at least me, the comedian broadcaster who was the best there ever was, David Letterman. Here is the exciting thing for me — I think Stephen Colbert is up for the challenge. So while we wish Dave the absolute best for a well-earned retirement, there’s no greater joy than seeing a genuinely good man who works as hard as he can every day and deserves all the success in the world actually get that success. For Stephen, we’re just thrilled. Here’s what I’m looking forward to — to be able to walk down Broadway and to look up at the Ed Sullivan Theater marquee and see the Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” READ FULL STORY

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

So, who should replace Stephen Colbert?

Caveat: There’s no guarantee that Comedy Central will program another topical nightly talk show in The Colbert Report‘s place when Stephen Colbert leaves to take over CBS’s Late Show in 2015.

After all, Colbert isn’t just another late night gabfest — it’s a parody of a very specific type of news program, starring a character who’s a very specific caricature of folks like Bill O’Reilly and Rush Limbaugh. (Limbaugh, naturally, has already spoken out against Colbert’s move to CBS, saying that the network has “declared war on the heartland of America.”) It would be strange and sad to see Comedy Central try to capture similar lightning in a similar bottle by ordering another show that parodies cable news the same way Colbert did.

That said, I can’t see the network scrambling to find a whole week’s worth of new programming for the 11:30 timeslot — and if it’s going to go with another nightly program, some sort of talk show revolving around some sort of central comedic figure would make the most sense. So, with that in mind, here are eight options for Colbert replacements — both realistic and more pie-in-the-sky.

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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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Oddsmakers favor Stephen Colbert to replace David Letterman

From the moment that David Letterman announced that he was retiring from his record-setting stint as the host of the Late Show, people have been speculating about what this could mean, us included. Will this be Jon Stewart’s chance? Or perhaps this is the time for a woman to take over the world of late night?

But as much as we can speculate, nobody at this point has much to go on. Turning to the professionals, we let the oddsmakers at Brovada tell us who they think will replace Letterman as host of the Late Show. Here are the odds they gave us:

Stephen Colbert: 3/1
Craig Ferguson: 7/2
Chelsea Handler: 5/1
Conan O’Brien: 6/1
Jon Stewart: 7/1
Jerry Seinfeld: 9/1
Neil Patrick Harris: 15/1
Louis C.K.: 15/1
Chris Rock: 20/1
Tina Fey: 33/1
Ellen DeGeneres: 33/1
Howard Stern: 40/1
Alec Baldwin: 40/1
Jay Leno: 50/1

What do you all think of those odds? Is Stephen Colbert sitting comfortably at the top of your list as well? Sound off in the comments below!

The #CancelColbert defense: Does it matter who tweeted Stephen's joke?

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Let’s put aside whether the tweet was offensive or not.

I know that’s difficult. Judging by the reactions on Twitter and the comments on last night’s post, you probably have strong feelings, one way or another, about Stephen Colbert’s joke about Asians — a joke that wasn’t supposed to be a joke about Asians at all, but about Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder.

First, here is the context (in a story that is all about context): During a sports-themed segment of Wednesday night’s The Colbert Report, the host mocked Snyder for responding to complaints about his team name by announcing a foundation to help Native Americans. Then on Thursday, The Colbert Report‘s Twitter account echoed his on-air punchline: “I am willing to show #Asian community I care by introducing the Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever.”

Twitter exploded with #CancelColbert outrage. The tweet was deleted. Later that night, Colbert tweeted that he does not control the @ColbertReport feed:

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Jimmy Fallon can't keep it together when Stephen Colbert visits 'The Tonight Show' -- VIDEO

Jimmy Fallon and Stephen Colbert are two of the most popular hosts in late night. So it’s no surprise that when these guys get together, TV magic happens.

The Colbert Report host stopped by Fallon’s Tonight Show on Friday to promote his new movie, Mr. Peabody and Sherman (Colbert voices the character Paul Peterson). In the clip below, the Comedy Central star talks about his seating chart surprise during the White House’s recent state dinner for French President François Hollande — Colbert was placed at the head table, next to first lady Michelle Obama — and admits that he tried to carry on a conversation with the guest of honor in French, but had no idea what the president was saying: READ FULL STORY

Stephen Colbert at the New York Comedy Festival: Ten things we learned

The character of Stephen Colbert contains exactly 13.4 percent of the real Stephen Colbert.

At least that’s what Stephen Colbert — the real, Emmy-winning, Second City-bred actor-comedian — told the audience at Thursday night’s New York Comedy Festival panel discussion featuring him and his writers on The Colbert Report. Fans crowded into Town Hall in New York City to hear the man behind the political satirist and one-time presidential nominee share how the writing team works to produce a topical show every night, and how he separates his character from himself.

“He’s very dumb, and it’s an aggressive dumbness,” Colbert said. “You have to drive backwards at every joke.”

Flanked on both sides by 17 members of his writing team on stage, Colbert took questions from the audience, with many asking why only one writer on stage — Meredith Scardino — was female. Scardino responded by asking how the fan knew she was a woman, but Colbert took the serious route. “I don’t know why. We don’t go out there and say, ‘Give me men!’… I don’t look at the name on the packet when I first read it, because I just want to see what it is, I’m just trying to see if it’s making me laugh,” he said, explaining how he went about hiring new writers. “I don’t get the stats on that. It’d be wonderful to have a diverse writing staff, and I’m very lucky to have this staff.”

The rest of the night saw the panel unveiling anecdotes about their pitching meetings, how they approach guests, and what happens when Colbert breaks character. Below, we’ve picked out ten gems the team revealed: READ FULL STORY

Stephen Colbert marries couple on air, with some celeb help -- VIDEO

You know what? Maybe this government shutdown thing isn’t so bad after all.

First, a Top Chef starts giving all government workers (except Congress) free pizza. Then, after national monument closures wrecked dozens of couples’ wedding plans, a beloved TV personality decides to mend one of those couples’ broken dreams in the most delightful way possible.

Turns out that Stephen Colbert — the real guy, not just his TV alter ego — has been an ordained minister since 2011. And on last night’s Colbert Report, he used his magic nuptial powers to unite regular folk Mike Cassesso and MaiLien Le in holy matrimony.

Of course, before the wedding itself, Colbert couldn’t resist hosting quickie bachelor and bachelorette parties on air, complete with shots and strippers. (You won’t believe who he hired to dance for the bridesmaids… or who Colbert found to be Mike’s best man.)

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