Stephen Colbert seemed extremely honored over the news that he would replace David Letterman on The Late Show, even if it was through the smirks and smiles that managed to get past his character!
Last night on The Colbert Report, Stephen paid fitting tribute to Dave's legacy, and addressed what a daunting task it would for "whoever they try to put in that chair."
While we think Stephen's well up to the challenge, here's what he had to say:
"There was some big news last week that slipped through my news crack and it concerns someone that I've admired for years and yet surprisingly is not me. I'm talking about David Letterman, who last Thursday night announced his retirement. And I am gonna miss this good man. Dave has been on the air my entire adult life. Late Night debuted my first year in college. I learned more from watching Dave than I did from going to my classes. Especially the ones I did not go to because I stayed up until 1:30 a.m. watching Dave. This man has influenced every host who came after him, even a few who came before him, he's that good. And I gotta tell you, I do not envy whoever they try to put in that chair. Folks, those are some huge shoes to fill and some really big pants."
Well, Stephen, the idea of you going on CBS makes us really big in our pants! Congrats again!
Ch-ch-check out the whole segment (below)!
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