By Jake Neuman
While taping “The Late Show” on Apr. 3, David Letterman announced his plans to retire from his late night gig in the summer of 2015. He informed CBS president Leslie Moonves before the taping of his intentions.
On Apr. 10, CBS announced that Stephen Colbert of “The Cobert Report” on Comedy Central will be replacing Letterman in 2015. Colbert told The New York Times, “I won’t be doing the new show in character, so we’ll all get to find out how much of him was me. I’m looking forward to it,” Colbert Said.
Letterman released a statement following the announcement saying, “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,” Letterman said.
This leaves “The Late Late Show’s” Craig Ferguson’s own position in question. It was reported on nypost.com that Ferguson would get at minimum $5 million if passed over to replace Letterman while some other sources claim it could be as high as $12 million.
After Colbert was revealed, Ferguson tweeted, “Congratulations to the hugely talented and fragrant and lovely @StephenAtHome on the new gig. Welcome to the CBS funhouse.”
According to ratings information Jimmy Kimmel and Seth Meyers of NBC have been beating both Letterman and Ferguson. Kimmel’s new “Tonight Show” and Meyers’ new “Late Night” have been ahead of CBS’s late night programs by 22% and 51% by total viewers respectively.
According to the president of CBS, no decisions have been made about Ferguson’s spot. “We’re in discussions. Our pat answer is, let us deal with one hour at a time,” said Moonves.
“The Colbert Report” will wrap up in eight months so Colbert can prepare to take over “The Late Show.”