If you tuned in to The Wolf last night like I did, you probably heard Steve Kearns talking about how last night’s episode of The Colbert Report with Stephen Colbert would be the last. It was also Colbert’s retirement.
No, Stephen Colbert the man is not done in TV. Stephen Colbert the character is retired. See, Colbert got his start as a character on Jon Stewart‘s Daily Show, and managed to work his way up from there to getting his own show. Throughout the show, Colbert plays what Professor Wikipedia calls “a caricatured version of conservative political pundits.” This characted has been well-loved throughout the show’s duration, but there are bigger things ahead for Colbert the man. He’s set to take over the reigns of CBS’s The Late Show from David Letterman.
So to celebrate a great run of The Colbert Report, there was a huge sendoff at the end of last night’s episode.
Colbert signed a 5-year contract with CBS back in April, and had this to say:
“Simply being a guest on David Letterman’s show has been a highlight of my career,” Colbert said in a statement after the news was announced. “I never dreamed that I would follow in his footsteps, though everyone in late night follows Dave’s lead … 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.”
I can’t wait to see what Colbert looks like with the trademark Letterman tooth gap!