Just a week after David Letterman announced he was retiring from The Late Show, CBS handed over the reigns to Stephen Colbert, who officially took over the late night game this fall. However, in a Face The Nation interview set to air on CBS this Sunday, Stephen Colbert says that he was looking to get out of The Colbert Report game before he got the offer to transition to late night. Here’s what The Late Show host had to say about quitting his Comedy Central gig:
One of the reasons I stopped the old show is that I had a sense where the country is. I think people don't really want constant divisiveness. I really don't think they want that. And that's what I was aping. And I thought, 'Ah, I can't really drink that cup anymore. Cause I don't think people really want to hear it.
It’s true that Stephen Colbert was a character on his Comedy Central series. The man was known for his wild onscreen personality while playing a fake conservative blowhard on his old series. It was a pretty fresh take on the political comedy genre when Colbert kicked off the series in October of 2005, but after nearly a decade on the air, it seems as if Stephen Colbert felt the genre was getting a little old. He wanted to try something newer and fresher. So, he took his aptitude for interviewing a variety of celebrities, politicians and business moguls to CBS, where he could try something new and take on a larger audience, to boot.
It’s easy to see why the constant divisiveness between Republicans and Dems may have turned Colbert off, especially after he was immersed in that game for quite some time, but it probably helped that CBS came calling when the longtime Comedy Central host began to think about the possibility of leaving his former program. And while Colbert isn’t dominating in the ratings on The Late Show when compared to Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel, he has improved on the audience The Late Show with David Letterman was bringing in, so it was a good move made by CBS when the network decided to sign him on.
In addition to his reasons for leaving The Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert is expected to talk about his ideas regarding the 2016 Presidential candidate hopefuls in the Face The Nation interview. There are more details regarding his thoughts on Donald Trump over at CBS News.
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert airs on weeknights at 11:35 p.m. ET, only on CBS. If you want to see what else is coming up on television, check out our midseason TV schedule.