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Northwestern alum Stephen Colbert to take over for David Letterman

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CBS announced that a second Northwestern grad is going to be taking over late night. Stephen Colbert will be replacing David Letterman on The Late Show. Seth Meyers, also a Northwestern alum, hosts Late Night with Seth Meyers after taking over the show from Jimmy Fallon earlier this year. According to the Chicago Sun-Times:

"This just in from CBS:

The CBS Television Network today announced that Stephen Colbert, the host, writer and executive producer of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning “The Colbert Report,” will succeed David Letterman as the host of THE LATE SHOW, effective when Mr. Letterman retires from the broadcast. The five-year agreement between CBS and Colbert was announced by Leslie Moonves, President and CEO, CBS Corporation, and Nina Tassler, Chairman of CBS Entertainment.

Letterman, the legendary, critically acclaimed host of the CBS late night series for 21 years, announced his retirement on his April 3 broadcast. Colbert’s premiere date as host of THE LATE SHOW will be announced after Mr. Lettermen determines a timetable for his final broadcasts in 2015."

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People took to Twitter to react to the news:

@CraigyFerg: Congratulations to the hugely talented and fragrant and lovely @StephenAtHome on the new gig. Welcome to the CBS funhouse.

@paulafaris: Stephen Colbert's publicist tells @ABCNews "I won't be doing the new show in character, so we'll all get to find out how much of him was me"

@jimmykimmel: Congratulations to @StephenAtHome #StephenColbert - a finer or funnier man I do not know.

@sethmeyers: Congratulations to @StephenAtHome! Could not have happened to a nicer guy

@franklinavenue: Stephen Colbert and Seth Meyers: Northwestern University wins late night.

@jimmyfallon: I'd like to welcome the great @StephenAtHome to network late night and also congratulate him on his new name: Jimmy Colbert.

@ComedyCentral: Comedy Central is proud that the incredibly talented @StephenAtHome has been part of our family for nearly two decades.

@TheSecondCity: JUST ANNOUNCED: SC alum @StephenAtHome will be the new "Late Show" host! Congrats! http://bit.ly/1oQpu1I 

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