Stephen Colbert Top Contender to Replace Late-Night Host


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Stephen Colbert is reportedly the top contender to replace David Letterman, who announced his retirement last week. Mashable says Colbert "has not had any formal contract discussions with CBS, and no agreement is in place, but sources [say] that he first engaged with network executives while Letterman was still mulling the timing of his retirement." The insider says Colbert would ditch the conservative persona he uses on The Colbert Report and just be himself on The Late Show. Colbert's Comedy Central contract ends at the end of the year. CBS has reportedly had conversations with other candidates, including Jon Stewart. Other names being bandied about include Chelsea Handler, who recently announced that she's leaving her E! show at the end of the year, and Howard Stern.





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