Stephen Colbert is sticking around as host of “The Late Show,” signing a new contract with CBS through August 2023. It’s his first extension since taking over the late-night series.
“Stephen Colbert is one of the most entertaining, influential and relevant voices in America today,” said David Nevins, Chief Creative Officer, CBS Corporation, chairman and CEO, Showtime Networks, Inc. “His monologue has become a vibrant part of the national discussion, and a spot on Stephen’s couch places guests from the worlds of entertainment, news and politics in front of late night’s largest and most desirable audience. We’re incredibly proud of the broadcast and thrilled to extend our relationship with Stephen for years to come.”
Colbert succeeded David Letterman as host of “Late Show” in September 2015. His initial contract was set to expire next August, just before the 2020 presidential election.
Colbert’s extension comes two months after CBS extended the contract of “The Late Late Show” host James Corden. The late-night host and frequent Tony Awards host’s new contract will run through August 2022.
Corden first took over “The Late Late Show” in 2015 from Craig Ferguson, who hosted the program from 2005 to 2014. Corden’s tenure has been well received and his popular segments include “Carpool Karaoke,” “Crosswalk the Musical,” and “Drop the Mic,” some of which have been turned into their own TV series.