While this is certainly a safe pick, I must admit a slight disappointment. With the Late Night landscape changing, CBS could have competed with a fresh new face or a female. They instead chose to stick with their traditional brand. It does beg the question though — If you’re going to choose someone that aligns with Letterman’s style, why not just keep Letterman?
In a predictably safe move, CBS picked Stephen Colbert to replace David Letterman, calling him one of the most “most inventive and respected forces on television.” Stewart supports the choice, calling Colbert “remarkable,” and emphasizing that he has “many gears” outside his restrictive Comedy Central format.