CBS announced today that Stephen Colbert has signed a five-year contract to replace David Letterman as host of the “Late Show” when Letterman retires next year. In a statement, Colbert said, “Simply being a guest on David Letterman’s show has been a highlight of my career. I never dreamed that I would follow in his footsteps, though everyone in late night follows Dave’s lead.” While I love Stephen Colbert, I’m really bummed that Letterman’s shoes will be filled by yet another older white man on late night TV. What about Chelsea Handler? Wanda Sykes? Even Ellen DeGeneres? They’ve all proven themselves as both comedians and hosts. But of all the dudes whose names were tossed around as possible replacements, I’m glad it’s Colbert. But it’s still a mixed blessing. [New York Times] [Image via Getty]
When Amy Poehler and Will Arnett called it quits, I was totally bummed. When Taye Diggs and Idina Menzel were dunzo, I despaired. Don’t even get me started on Britney and Justin, whose demise I am still not over. With the devastating demise of Hollywood relationships, it’s easy to throw in the towel and give up all hopes of lifelong love. If the beautiful, talented and rich can’t make it work, what hope do the rest of us have?
That said, lasting celebrity romance does exist. And this Valentine’s Day, let’s see what Oprah dug up on what keeps some of Hollywood’s favorite couples going. She sat down to talk about the marriages of Beyonce and Jay Z, Tina Turner and Erwin Bach, Stephen Colbert and Evelyn McGee-Colbert, Magic and Cookie Johnson, and Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness. As the celebs talked about their ups and downs and what keeps their love alive, I may have teared up a little. At the end of the day, they’re just like the rest of us! [Huffington Post]
Stephen Colbert’s mom Lorna passed away last week at the age of 92. After a brief hiatus, Colbert returned to his anchor seat at “The Colbert Report” and opened the show with this beautifully worded, heartfelt tribute to her. “When you watch the show, if you like me,” he said, “that’s because of my mom.” Watch the clip above, but keep a tissue handy — you’re definitely going to need it. [HuffPo]
A couple weeks ago, Brad Paisley and LL Cool J released their collaboration, “Accidental Racist,” and the whole world cringed. Did the duo have good intentions? Of course. Did their oversimplified take on modern day race relations miss the mark in so many ways? Definitely. One person who was inspired by the song was Stephen Colbert, who decided to write his own politically charged tune “in the hopes of bridging another deep cultural rift in America: the gay marriage divide.” Push play to check out his parody jam called “Oopsie-Daisy Homophobe,” with guest rapper Alan Cumming. [Buzzfeed]