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How will Stephen Colbert fit in to David Letterman’s ‘Late Show’ gig?

 
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Stephen Colbert is the big man on CBS’s campus. The man behind Comedy Central’s Colbert Report has been chosen to replace the soon to be retiring David Letterman.

“Simply being a guest on David Letterman’s show has been a highlight of my career,” said Colbert in a statement. “I never dreamed that I would follow in his footsteps, though everyone in late night follows Dave’s lead.”

He added: “I’m thrilled and grateful that CBS chose me. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go grind a gap in my front teeth.”

The Late Show gig is a bit of a change for the 49-year-old comedian, who will soon be shooting the breeze with A-listers on an almost daily basis and changing his workload from five nights a week to cover an hour, vs. four nights doing 30 minutes. The hefty salary should make up for any sweat. Letterman was raking in about $20 million per year, though it is unclear what Colbert will be taking in. According to the website celebritynetworth.com, the Washington, D.C., native makes $6 million at his current position, where Colbert has eight months’ left on his contract.

His boss loves him already.

“Stephen Colbert is one of the most inventive and respected forces on television,” said Leslie Moonves, chief executive of CBS, in a statement. “David Letterman’s legacy and accomplishments are an incredible source of pride for all of us here, and today’s announcement speaks to our commitment of upholding what he established for CBS in late night.”

Prime slot

More ch-ch-changes at CNN. The cable network is replacing Piers Morgan’s prime-time talk show with not one program but several, featuring such personalities as John Walsh, Lisa Ling, Anthony Bourdain and Morgan Spurlock. The new prime-time lineup ends a three-decade tradition of a CNN talk show at 9 p.m., first with Larry King. The time slot will be filled with documentary-style programs.

And switching channels: Former Today show host Jane Pauley is joining CBS News to occasionally contribute stories to the Sunday Morning broadcast.

Party people

J.Lo and Casper Smart may be the real deal. The American Idol judge, who turns 45 this summer, has been with the whippersnapper for a while now and just recently threw him a blowout for his 27th birthday. According to Life & Style, Lopez blocked out a private room at Nobu in Malibu, but (shocker!) didn’t allow any photos. The I Luh Ya PaPi singer also made a point to invite only nonfamous people, so as not to call too much attention to the affair, where a cake was served with Smart’s picture on it. Awww...?

Nasty ending

So why did Big Sean break off his engagement to Glee actress Naya Rivera? Rumor has it the Control rapper was unfaithful, but TMZ reports the allegation is untrue and that the singer grew tired of her jealous nature. Regardless, things between them are a little frosty now, with Rivera Tweeting that her ex (born Sean Anderson) stole a Rolex from her house. Sources tell TMZ that the watch was Sean’s and he only lent it to Rivera.

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