Goodbye Letterman, Hello Colbert

by Joselle Dizon

stephencolbertLate night talk shows have become a staple in American entertainment. Hosts have been sitting behind a desk and interviewing guest stars for decades now. The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and Conan are two of the more popular late night productions, but there is one show that has been in top ten lists since the early 1990s: The Late Show.

The Late Show made its debut on August 30, 1993, and has accumulated millions of views every night since then. Recently however, the popular talk show has gone through a drastic change. CBS_COLBERT_0001_IMAGE_NO_LOGO_thumb_Master

The Late Show’s original host is David Letterman. He’s talked to just under twenty thousand guests. Farrah Fawcett, Betty White and Tina Fey, to name few. He is credited for being the reason for the show’s popularity, and his kooky segments and quick-witted humor was what people looked forward to.

But David Letterman said his goodbye to The Late Show watchers on May 20th, 2015.

Cassidy-Jeb-Bush-Breezes-Through-The-Late-Show-With-Stephen-Colbert-1200Four months later, on September 8th, 2015, the talk show’s new host finally made his debut. Stephen Colbert was announced to replace Letterman weeks before his last show.

Colbert, a South Carolina native, excitedly opened the show at 11:35 pm on Tuesday night. George Clooney, an Oscar winning actor, and Jeb Bush, a candidate for the 2016 Presidential Election, were the first two guests interviewed by Colbert. He asked them questions ranging from serious political questions to more light-hearted and funny ones.

It was a question on the minds of the entire audience: Will Stephen Colbert live up to David Letterman’s legacy on The Late Show? Some may argue that nobody can ever replace the original host, but Jessica Zheng ’16 thinks otherwise: “Colbert just started! He’s been a great host so far and he has a lot of time to improve.”

The Late Show airs every weeknight at 11:35 pm. Some guests to look forward to this week include singer and songwriter Ed Sheeran, internet sensation PewDiePie, and Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman.

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