Stephen Colbert has appeared on David Letterman’s Late Show 12 times. Now he is getting ready to take it over as the permanent host on Tuesday, April 22, 2015. Will you watch?
David Bianchulli from CNN is concerned about the audience Colbert may, or may not, bring.
“For CBS, the move makes sense. But for Colbert, the transplant could be tricky. Young viewers-and he certainly has them-are fickle, and those who watch him on the more subversive Comedy Central may not be inclined to switch to the less cool CBS,” he said. “Colbert will produce and star in a very good show indeed. But with the show being on CBS in the multimedia climate of 2015, my worry is whether that will prove to be enough.”
Erin Gloria Ryan from Jezebel, said she wondered if a woman or person of color will be granted the opportunity to replace Colbert’s old show.
“If Comedy Central replaces Colbert with a similarly formatted program, will the new kid on the block be another white guy? Or will they take a risk and let a woman or a person of color take a shot?” she asked. “Colbert got his big promotion because he busted his ass for years and proved he was up to the task. It would be great if more women had the chance to do the same.”
Colbert has never been shy about his ultra-liberal views. When Jason Collins came out as the first gay NBA player, Colbert spent his show mocking heterosexual people and saying gays and sports don’t mix.
“The point is, gay sports don’t make any sense, just like gay marriage does not make any sense,” he said. “Because marriage is for making babies and so is basketball. Just ask the thousands of Wilt Chamberlain’s children.”
Colbert has also joked about gay marriage, and in 2011 he talked about a “gay storm” coming in a wiping out Christian values.
“New York can’t handle a flood of gay marriage,” he said. “As it is it’s already impossible to get a wedding announcement in the Times. I had to release Carbon Monoxide into an apartment building then work the wedding into the police interview.”
Conservative Fox News Channel anchor Bill O’Reilly said he thought Colbert would lose the entire conservative audience upon taking over the Late Show.
“It’d be hard to fathom that 40 percent of Americans that describe themselves as conservative will watch Colbert,” he said. “And that’s a lot of folks to lose from the jump.”
Conservative Rush Limbaugh is also upset with the choice.
“CBS has just declared war on the heartland of America,” he said. “What this hire means is a redefinition of what is comedy, and they’re blowing up the 11:30 format under the guise that the world’s changing and people don’t want the kind of comedy that Carson gave us.”
CBS’s CEO Leslie Moonves thinks Colbert will be a host very different from other networks’ late night programs.
“He’ll be the guy who does social commentary,” she said. “This is going to feel very different from the Jimmys [NBC’s Fallon and ABC’s Kimmel].”