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Comedy Central Wishes Stephen Colbert Luck in Move to ‘Late Show’

Colbert will stay at Comedy Central for the next eight months

It can’t feel good to lose an Emmy-winning star, but Comedy Central is saying all the right things about Stephen Colbert‘s impending departure to CBS.

“Comedy Central is proud that the incredibly talented Stephen Colbert has been part of our family for nearly two decades,” the network said in a statement. “We look forward to the next eight months of the ground-breaking ‘Colbert Report’ and wish Stephen the very best.”

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The “Colbert Report” host, who launched that show on the network in 2005 after serving as a top correspondent on “The Daily Show,” will take over for David Letterman on “Late Show” in 2015. During his “The Daily Show” run, Colbert also appeared in the cult classic satirical sitcom “Strangers With Candy,” which aired for a year on Comedy Central.

His good friend and partner-in-crime at the network, “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart, said on Wednesday that he thought Colbert would be a perfect fit for “Late Show.”