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Conan: Colbert Is the ‘Right Person’ for Late Show

Worldwide Pants Inc. David Letterman shakes hands with fellow talk show host Stephen Colbert after Colbert comes by for a surprise visit on the Late Show, May 4, 2011.

Late-night comedian Conan O'Brien, who apparently was not a contender for the coveted position to be vacated by David Letterman, but who insists he's "happy" with Conan on TBS, says Stephen Colbert is the "right person" to head the CBS program

Conan O’Brien is all smiles and handshakes over CBS’ decision to anoint Stephen Colbert the next host of the Late Show.

The 50-year-old talk show host of Conan said Stephen Colbert is the “right person” to take over the Late Show from the departing David Letterman, the Associated Press reports.

I’m very happy where I am, but I love Stephen. I think Stephen is great. I’m a huge fan of his as a comic and as a human being. I think it’s fantastic. I’m really glad that he got the job. I look forward to seeing his show,” O’Brien said.

O’Brien took over for Letterman on NBC’s Late Night in 1993, and then took over Jay Leno’s spot at NBC’s Tonight Show for a brief seven months before being replaced by Leno in 2010. O’Brien now hosts his own late-night show, Conan, on TBS.

O’Brien said he was never in the running for Letterman’s spot anyway. “Whenever I would hear there was speculation (that I’d take over the Late Show), I was like, ‘No. What?’ I’m happy,” said O’Brien, whose TBS talk show has been renewed through November 2015. “I get to do what I want.”


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