In a move that's shaking up the comedy world, Stephen Colbert is leaving his popular perch at Comedy Central to take over The Late Show for retiring David Letterman. In even bigger news, Colbert is reportedly dropping his over-the-top conservative character, a voice he has honed for nearly a decade.
Naturally, Colbert's penchant for polarizing parody means not everyone is happy about CBS' selection. Many conservative pundits lamented Colbert gaining wider exposure, though there's no telling if he'll last at a major network. Colbert has signed a five-year deal with CBS and will begin hosting the iconic late night show in 2015.
Complaints aside, let's focus on the positive. Colbert's new gig is causing fellow comedians to crack some clever jokes about the mock news correspondent. Here are our favorites:
I'd like to welcome the great @StephenAtHome to network late night and also congratulate him on his new name: Jimmy Colbert.— jimmy fallon (@jimmyfallon) April 10, 2014
Equally excited with CBS’s decision to replace Paul Shaffer with Slayer.— rob delaney (@robdelaney) April 10, 2014
Facebook has acquired Stephen Colbert for $19 billion.— samir mezrahi (@samir) April 10, 2014
I think Stephen Colbert's first guest at CBS should be "Stephen Colbert" from Comedy Central.— Arianna Huffington (@ariannahuff) April 10, 2014
"Colbert ranked first among the 15 hosts whom we searched for, at 16 Arsenios." http://t.co/lKH6UlYyao— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) April 10, 2014
Has Buzzfeed released "40 Reasons Why Stephen Colbert Will Be the Best Host Ever"? 'Cause you know that's coming.— The Rude Pundit (@rudepundit) April 10, 2014
Excited to announce that I will be taking over the Colbert Report along w/my sidekick Rihanna please send your condolences to all the basics— Heben Nigatu (@heavenrants) April 10, 2014
twitter's just a way for me to follow the ins and outs of stephen colbert's career— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) April 10, 2014
Congrats to Stephen Colbert on The Late Show gig! Guess making fun of Bill O'Reilly leads to more success than actually being Bill O'Reilly.— Funny Or Die (@funnyordie) April 10, 2014
.@Letterman on Colbert: “I’m flattered that CBS chose him. I also happen to know they wanted another guy with glasses.”— Letterman (@Letterman) April 10, 2014