The guessing game is over: CBS has chosen Stephen Colbert to replace David Letterman as host of The Late Show! This is good news for men, who according to these stats, are the biggest fans of Colbert.
This news comes one week after Letterman announced his plans to retire in 2015, after over 30 years as host of The Tonight Show and The Late Show.
The first question that comes to mind when hearing this is: what will a Colbert show be like without the Colbert persona? So much of what Colbert does, including his massive social media stunts, is predicated on his satirical ultra right wing, self-obsessed persona.
However, what people love about Colbert is more than just his ability to play a persona. His energy, creativity and passion for comedy and political activism shines through in everything he does, which makes us believe that an unfiltered Colbert will be just as good, if not better, than his fake persona.
Oprah did an amazing interview with him in 2012 where he spoke about the tragic death of his father and two brothers and how he found a calling that brought him joy. Comments under the video reinforce what the people believe about him: that he is a genuinely good person and a "national treasure." It's one of the only videos of Colbert out of character and seeing him speaking in earnest suggests that perhaps the real Colbert will be even more interesting than the fake one.