Stephen Colbert just signed a contract to keep him as host of CBS Late Show for three more years (his new contract extends his stay til 2023.) His current deal was set to expire next summer.
“Stephen Colbert is one of the most entertaining, influential and relevant voices in America today,” said David Nevins, chief creative officer of CBS Corp. and chairman and CEO of Showtime. “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.” Joked Colbert, “I’ve been asked by CBS to host The Late Show until 2023, and I have every intention of honoring their subpoena.”
Colbert took over after David Letterman retired as host of CBS The Late Show in 2015. According to CBS audience research, the Late Show has had the most-watched network late-night series for the past three seasons. In fact, the 2018-19 Colbert managed to beat NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to deliver the highly coveted adult 18-49 advertising demographic. Check out this video to see why CBS wanted to keep Colbert.
Late night talk show landscape will likely be stable for the next few years. Below is a list of the current late night hosts tenure at their respective networks.
Jimmy Kimmel (ABC): 2022 Stephen Colbert (CBS): 2023 James Corden (CBS): 2022 Trevor Noah (Comedy Central): 2022 Bill Maher (HBO): 2020 John Oliver (HBO): 2020 Jimmy Fallon (NBC): 2021 Seth Meyers (NBC): 2021 Samantha Bee (TBS): 2022 Conan O'Brien (TBS): 2022