US comic Colbert succeeds TV legend Letterman

Comedian Stephen Colbert arrives at the White House in Washington on February 11, 2014The 51-year-old Colbert will shed the ultra-conservative, alter ego news-cast character that popularized him at Comedy Central and step into the shoes of one of America’s biggest television legends, Letterman, who retired this summer after a 33-year career. Colbert joins a fiercely competitive market, where America’s beloved world of late-night television is vastly different from the golden age dominated by the likes of Letterman, Jay Leno and Johnny Carson.

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