Noted leftist comedian Stephen Colbert will replace David Letterman on CBS's Late Show, the network announced Thursday:
The CBS Television Network today announced that Stephen Colbert, the host, writer and executive producer of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning “The Colbert Report,” will succeed David Letterman as the host of THE LATE SHOW, effective when Mr. Letterman retires from the broadcast. The five-year agreement between CBS and Colbert was announced by Leslie Moonves, President and CEO, CBS Corporation, and Nina Tassler, Chairman of CBS Entertainment.
In its release, CBS noted that the time and date of Colbert's debut would be announced after details of Letterman's last show, in 2015, were finalized.
The choice of Colbert is sure to be controversial, given the Comedy Central personality's track record of attacking conservatives as sexists and bigots. In 2006, Colbert appeared as the White House Correspondent's dinner featured entertainer, and performed to an uncomfortable reactions as he took repeated shots at then President Bush, including one that referenced the 43rd President's low approval ratings as well as the purported bias of reality:
Now, I know there are some polls out there saying this man has a 32 percent approval rating. But guys like us, we don't pay attention to the polls. We know that polls are just a collection of statistics that reflect what people are thinking in reality. And reality has a well-known liberal bias.
Colbert's performance was said to cause several Bush aides to walk out of the room and angered the President himself. Colbert made repeated jokes over the administration's mishandling of global conflicts including Iraq and Afghanistan:
I stand by this man. I stand by this man because he stands for things. Not only for things, he stands on things. Things like aircraft carriers and rubble and recently flooded city squares. And that sends a strong message, that no matter what happens to America, she will always rebound—with the most powerfully staged photo ops in the world.
In 2012, Colbert campaigned on behalf of his sister, a Democrat from South Carolina, in her race against Mark Sanford in a special election. Colbert lampooned Sanford, the disgraced former Governor of South Carolina, on his show as part of his effort to help his sister:
When Sanford finally surfaced the first thing that everybody thought was ‘Man, that guy is being so honest about how much he lied!’ And I’m sure he would have been just as honest if no one had caught him.
Recently, a tweet about Asians sent from Colbert's verified twitter account caused the hashtag #cancelcolbert to trend because of its offensive nature:
I am willing to show #Asian community I care by introducing the Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever.—
Colbert said he was not responsible for the tweet and unaware of the identity of its author.