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Stephen Colbert, host of Comedy Centrals The Colbert Report, appears with his two Emmys at the 2013 Emmy Awards on Sept. 22, 2013. / Stephen Colbert shakes hands with David Letterman on The Late Show with David Letterman on a May 4, 2011 episode. - Provided courtesy of Kyle Rover / Startraksphoto.com / Worldwide Pants Inc.
04/10/2014

NATION! Stephen Colbert has been chosen to replace David Letterman as the host of "The Late Show," CBS announced on Thursday, April 10, a week after the latter star announced his future retirement.

Colbert is currently the Emmy-winning host of Comedy Central's satirical political comedy talk show "The Colbert Report," which is popular among the targeted demographic of people ages 18 to 49. The news comes about two weeks after the 49-year-old made headlines over comments he made on-air that were perceived by many as racist. The backlash spurred the Twitter hashtag #CancelColbert. Colbert later reiterated that he is "not a racist" in an episode dedicated to the controversy.

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04/03/2014
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David Letterman appears on The Late Show with David Letterman on CBS on Oct. 29, 2012. - Provided courtesy of CBS / Worldwide Pants

David Letterman announced on Thursday, April 3, that he will retire as host of "Late Show" in 2015, when his current contract expires.

Letterman, 66, made the announcement during a taping of tonight's "Late Show" episode. The announcement, which can be viewed below, comes more than a month after Jay Leno left rival series "The Tonight Show" after 22 years.

01/04/2013
David Letterman appears on Oprahs Next Chapter with host Oprah Winfrey in an episode airing on Jan. 6, 2013. - Provided courtesy of George Burns / OWN

David Letterman, host of CBS' "Late Show," says in an interview with Oprah Winfrey that he has nobody to blame but himself for a widely-publicized 2009 sex scandal and adds that he feels better about who he is after weathering it and that his relationship with his wife has never been better.

In October 2009, Letterman admitted on his program that he once had sexual affairs with women who worked on his late-night talk series and apologized to his wife Regina, the mother of his son, Harry, adding that he would try to work things out with her. The two had married just six months earlier.

12/28/2012
Jay Leno appears on Late Night with David Letterman in an episode that aired in the early 1980s. - Provided courtesy of NBC

David Letterman said in an interview on "Oprah's Next Chapter," set to air in January 2013, that Jay Leno, who became his longtime rival after he was made the host of NBC's "Tonight Show" instead of him, may be "the most insecure person" he has ever known.

Check out six facts about the David Letterman - Jay Leno rivalry and the "late night wars."

10/24/2012
James Franco and David Letterman discuss the banning of Harmony Korine during a taping of the Late Show with David Letterman on March 26, 2013. - Provided courtesy of AP / CBS / Worldwide Pants Incorporated

Harmony Korine -- banned from "David Letterman"? The talk show host has cleared up rumors with James Franco about the backstage shenanigans of the 'Spring Breakers' director, which involved Meryl Streep, a push and a rifled purse.

"I heard he was banned from the show," said Franco, who portrays a drug and arms dealer in Korine's recently released film, during a recent episode of "The Late Show with David Letterman."

12/28/2012
David Letterman appears on Oprahs Next Chapter with host Oprah Winfrey in an episode airing on Jan. 6, 2013. - Provided courtesy of George Burns / OWN

David Letterman says in an interview with Oprah Winfrey that Jay Leno, who became his longtime rival after he was made the host of NBC's "Tonight Show" instead of him, is the funniest and "most insecure person" he has ever known.

Letterman, who went on to host his own late-night talk program on CBS -- "The Late Show," made his comments on an episode of "Oprah's Next Chapter," which is set to air on OWN on January 6. Parts of the interview have been posted on the cable channel's website. Leno's rep had no immediate comment about Letterman's remarks. Check out six facts about the David Letterman - Jay Leno rivalry and the "late night wars."

12/27/2012
L to R: Led Zeppelin members John Paul Jones, Robert Plant and Jimmy Page and David Letterman of CBS Late Show are seen in the audience of the 35th annual Kennedy Center Honors ceremony on Dec. 2, 2012. The event aired on CBS on December 26. - Provided courtesy of John Paul Filo / CBS

Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant appeared to be moved to tears as he and his two surviving band mates watched Heart perform a soaring rendition of the band's 1971 hit "Stairway To Heaven" at the 2012 Kennedy Center Honors ceremony, which featured a star-studded tribute to his iconic 1960s and 1970s rock group.

The annual event took place at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. on December 2 and aired on CBS on Wednesday, December 26. The others honored at the annual ceremony were CBS' "Late Show" host David Letterman, actor Dustin Hoffman, guitarist Buddy Guy and ballet dancer Natalia Makarova. President Barack Obama also attended the ceremony and met the honorees at the White House.

11/22/2012
Dave Letterman kisses Amy Poehler on an episode of the CBS series The Late Show that aired on Nov. 20, 2012. - Provided courtesy of CBS / Worldwide Pants

David Letterman and Amy Poehler recently shared a kiss on his CBS talk series "The Late Show."

The one-second smooch occurred after the actress talked about how she tried to plant a smooch on Vice President Joe Biden while he was filming a guest spot on her NBC show "Parks and Recreation." Letterman then announced a clip from the series would be played.

10/30/2012
David Letterman appears on The Late Show with David Letterman on CBS on Oct. 29, 2012. - Provided courtesy of CBS / Worldwide Pants

David Letterman's and Jimmy Fallon's monologue jokes on their late-night talk shows on Monday night mostly fell flat - notably because there was almost no one there to clap for them.

The two taped their programs that day without much of a studio audience as scores of people in New York City, where the programs are filmed, and the rest of the East Coast hunkered down and avoided traveling due to the devastating Hurricane-turned-Superstorm Sandy.

10/27/2012
Donald Trump and David Letterman appear in a still from The Late Show on October 24, 2012. - Provided courtesy of CBS

David Letterman teased Donald Trump over his President Barack Obama "surprise."

On Wednesday, Trump said that if President Obama released his college transcripts and passport records and applications, he would donate $5 million to the charity of his choice.

07/13/2012
Anne Hathaway and David Letterman appear in a still from The Late Show with David Letterman, which aired on July 13, 2012. - Provided courtesy of CBS

David Letterman shocked Anne Hathaway and enraged fans after revealing a "spoiler" from the upcoming film, "Dark Knight Rises" on "The Late Show" on Thursday night.

Hathaway was on-hand, promoting the third film in the Batman trilogy, when Letterman dropped a whopper of a plot point, which the gracious actress refused to confirm or deny (Spoiler Alert).

04/28/2012
In this photo released by CBS, author and fitness personality Richard Simmons, left, reacts to an explosion under the vegetable steamer as host David Letterman watches on the Late Show with David Letterman Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2006 in New York. - Provided courtesy of AP Photo/CBS, J.P. Filo

Richard Simmons' upbeat outlook has helped his fans drop the weight, but the unflappable fitness guru isn't as positive about "standoffish" talk show host David Letterman.

Simmons made his comments to Men's Health magazine, explaining that though Letterman seems good-natured on his show, he shows a different side when the cameras stop rolling.

02/02/2012
Bill Murray appears on The Late Show with David Letterman on Jan. 31, 2012. / Howard Stern appears on The Late Show on Feb. 1, 2012. - Provided courtesy of CBS / Worldwide Pants

David Letterman recently celebrated his 30th anniversary of his job as a late-night television host by featuring on his CBS series "The Late Show" shock jock Howard Stern and "Groundhog Day" actor Bill Murray, who almost started a fire at the CBS studio.

On Tuesday's episode, the 61-year-old actor, known for his eccentric humor, brought Letterman a chocolate-frosted cupcake with 30 candles. He lit them with an electronic lighter and matches. Murray dropped several sticks, still attached to the packet, on the floor and uttered a muted expletive before he kicked it and put out the flames. Letterman, 64, then blew out the candles.

08/22/2011
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An undated promotional photo of David Letterman from his Late Show hosting. - Provided courtesy of CBS

After returning from a two week vacation, David Letterman made his first television appearance on "The Late Show" since news of his death threats made headlines last week.

Letterman became the target of death threats from a frequent contributor of a jihadist website on August 16. The contributor asked the followers of the site if there was anyone who would "cut the tongue of this lowly Jew and shut it forever."

However, Letterman made light of the death threats on Monday and played them for laughs in his monologue, reports the Associated Press.

08/18/2011
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An undated promotional photo of David Letterman from his Late Show hosting. - Provided courtesy of CBS

David Letterman has become the target of death threats from a frequent contributor of a jihadist website, reports the Associated Press. The contributor asked the followers of the site if there was anyone who would "cut the tongue of this lowly Jew and shut it forever."

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