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]
Style Rookie blogger and fashion world phenom Tavi Gevinson was on “The Colbert Report” last night,to discuss her latest feat: the publication of Rookie Yearbook One, a compendium of some of the best writing and stories from the first year of Gevinson’s online magazine Rookie. Colbert was a bit in awe of his youngest-ever guest, and queried her for style advice. What might appeal to a mass audience, he asked? Gevinson recommended that he give himself a boy band haircut and carry around a puppy, because “there were some really great photos of the members of One Direction modeling puppies, so I feel like if you carried around a puppy and had boy band hair, you would be set.”
While Tavi admitted that she may have fallen behind on her English homework, she still proves that she’s a total champ and wise beyond her years. Let’s be friends? [The Colbert Report]
The British singer Morrissey is a notoriously ornery guy — and we love him for it. On last night’s episode of “The Colbert Report,” Morrissey and Stephen Colbert went head to head over Morrissey’s strict vegetarian stance and his total distaste for the British royal family. God love Morrissey: he’s like the oldest teenager in the world.
Check out his performance on last night’s show after the jump!
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“Colbert Report” host Stephen Colbert knows probably better than anyone that in order to succeed you have to work with the best. That’s why on his show Wednesday night he said goodbye to his latest crop of interns, and brought on a new, shall we say, more qualified set: the gold medal-winning women’s gymnastic team. That’s right: Gabby, McKayla, Kyla, Aly and Jordyn — along with Aly’s very excitable mom — all made an appearance. And they were tasked with the very important job of making sure Stephen had his pen. You know how Stephen can get about his pens. [Comedy Central]
Last night, Olivia Wilde was on the “The Colbert Report” to promote her new film, “People Like Us.” While that movie looks like a total snooze and I can’t co-sign on Chris Pine’s stupid eyebrows, Olivia seems like a totally rad lady. She stumped for Obama, wore her Dogs Against Romney pin, and challenged Colbert to an acting contest to see “who could act harder.” [Comedy Central]