Stephen Colbert has many fans for his late-night Comedy Central show, which skewers right-wing media types such as Bill O’Reilly and Glenn Beck.
But the pompous blowhard that earned his fame for the last eight years on the Colbert Report — and before that on companion The Daily Show — will fade away when he leaves the job in December.
“What you’re going to get is the real Stephen Colbert,” says CBS CEO Leslie Moonves, who hired him to replace David Letterman next year.
“He said it’s time to do something different. If he’s going to be on our air for 20 years, as we all hope, it’s not humanly possible to keep that character going.”