Stephen Colbert to replace David Letterman on ‘The Late Show’

BY Colleen Shalby  April 10, 2014 at 1:08 PM EDT

CBS announced Thursday that Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert will replace David Letterman on “The Late Show,” just one week after the legendary host announced his retirement.

The news created quite the frenzy on Twitter, with many supporting the decision.

Others pointed out that the network selected yet another man to join the already male-dominated late-night slot among Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, Seth Myers and Conan O’Brien.

Prior to the announcement, comedian Jon Stewart told Vulture that he believed Colbert would be a proper replacement for Letterman.

“He’s wonderful in Colbert Report, but he’s got gears he hasn’t even shown people yet. He would be remarkable.”

Since 2005, Colbert has hosted “The Colbert Report” — the show that satirizes political criticism. Will the host still keep that satirical humor? Will he now go by Stephen “Col-burt,” and not the affected Stephen “Col-bear.”?

UPDATE at 5:30 p.m. EDT | Colbert is sticking to the soft pronunciation of his last name, a change he made back in college and plans to keep.

In a statement to Mashable, Colbert said:

“I won’t be doing the new show in character, so we’ll all get to find out how much of him was me. I’m looking forward to it.”

You’ll have to wait eight months to see.

In October, PBS NewsHour’s Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff sat down with Colbert on his Comedy Central show.