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Stephen Colbert named next host of the Late Show

Comedian Stephen Colbert will takeover from David Letterman as the host of long-running US talk show the Late Show, CBS has announced.

Colbert, who currently hosts the topical satire show The Colbert Report on Comedy Central, said he was "thrilled and grateful" CBS has chosen him for the role.

Stephen Colbert currently host the Emmy Award-winning show The Colbert Report.
Stephen Colbert currently host the Emmy Award-winning show The Colbert Report. Credit: REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

“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," Colbert said. "Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go grind a gap in my front teeth."

CBS president Leslie Moonves called Colbert "one of the most inventive and respected forces on television".

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The Simpsons pay tribute to David Letterman

The Simpsons have paid tribute to US talk show host David Letterman, who announced he will retire from his programme next year.

Picture: The Simpsons pay blackboard tribute to Marcia Wallace

The one minute clip shows Homer and his family overcoming a security guard and traffic jam as they make their way to the 'Late Show with David Letterman'.

The sequence then ends with Letterman's longtime bandleader Paul Shaffer conducting a version of The Simpsons theme tune.

Letterman, 66, who began hosting the show in 1993, said he will step down in 2015 which led to tributes from celebrities and US President Barack Obama.

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