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Letterman gets visit from his successor, Colbert

'Late Show': Stephen Colbert and David Letterman Take Celebratory Selfie

NEW YORK (AP) - Stephen Colbert, who will take over for a retiring David Letterman on CBS' "Late Show" next year, revealed Tuesday that he almost worked for Letterman - twice.

Colbert, the Comedy Central host, visited the "Late Show" for the first time since it was announced earlier this month that he will replace Letterman sometime next year. He was greeted warmly, with Letterman introducing him as "very talented" and "always entertaining," and the two men posed for the obligatory selfie.

It was a different visit in 1986, the year that Colbert, now 49, graduated from Northwestern. Letterman was working at NBC then, and Colbert said he accompanied his girlfriend to New York, where she was interviewing for an internship at Letterman's show.

In an odd turn of events, Colbert said he was hired instead of his soon-to-be ex-girlfriend. But he turned the job down.

"I did not take the internship because you do not pay people," he said. "The next job I'm taking, that pays, right? Because I've already signed."

Eleven years later, Colbert said he and his writing partner submitted a packet of material to the "Late Show," hoping to join the writing staff. He said no one from the show got back to them for four months, and by then Comedy Central had already hired Colbert to do the show "Strangers With Candy."

Colbert pulled out a card and read the Top Ten list that he and his partner had submitted 14 years ago to try to get the job. The list, written around the holidays, was "Top Ten Cocktails for Santa."

"Late Show" producers inserted the traditional prepared intro that runs before Letterman's Top Ten list every night, for which the current host feigned outrage.

"He doesn't have the job yet," he said. "Don't let the door hit you in the ass."

Colbert said that "obviously, I'm thrilled" to have the job. The "Colbert Report" on Comedy Central will continue through the end of this year. The date of Letterman's exit and Colbert's debut on the "Late Show" hasn't been set.

He told Letterman that "I'm going to do whatever you have done," and Letterman protested: "You don't want to do that."

"It seems to have gone pretty well, Dave," Colbert said.

"It's gone on," Letterman replied.

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d50d1234 April 23 2014 at 9:13 AM

The only good host was Johnny Carson. He had guest that would tell stories make you laugh. No Politcal . Carson was good at handling world events without taking sides. He was able to take your mind off days events and make you laugh.

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geraldr5 d50d1234 April 23 2014 at 10:30 AM

Good letter. I could not agree more!

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jdsept d50d1234 April 23 2014 at 10:40 AM

Carson never made fun of politicos and politics? I doubt YOU ever saw him. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CzvhfJxlBV0

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guldenrealestate April 23 2014 at 12:15 PM

Doesn't matter....Pat Robertson says the meteor is going to get us next week. LOL

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bambi4318.barbara guldenrealestate April 23 2014 at 12:36 PM

All of us?

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abcstarfox guldenrealestate April 23 2014 at 10:53 PM

Yeah......Pat the religious politican for profit.
How to write a book through fear....101.

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Donna April 23 2014 at 7:52 AM

Late Night isn't what it used to be.....

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niteone42 April 23 2014 at 9:35 AM

Sorry... the new talk show hosts are not improving, and not as good previous hosts. Have lost interest in their trying to be funny shows. Liked Jay Leno, Johnny Carson the best!! Letterman and some others were never on my like list!

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jdsept niteone42 April 23 2014 at 10:35 AM

Carson is disappearing into the void as Steve Allen did. It is NOT the same audience wanting the same stuff that liked Carson and his brand of talk.

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petpetdon niteone42 April 23 2014 at 10:51 AM

Because YOU couldn't understand Letterman's humor.

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davetheshopper April 23 2014 at 9:04 AM

What is all the fuss? I survived the "late night will never be as good" After Steve Allen, Jack Parr, Johnny Carson, Jay Leno ect, I can not remember them all, have retired or been booted off. You must forget Dave Letterman. Do not compare. Just view it and if you do not like it, screw it. There are other channels you can turn to or just go to sleep!

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xybrown3 April 23 2014 at 12:32 PM

If you like to see big discrepancy in intelect, read the comments on this site and than on HP.
It looks like the right wing idiots congregate here :)

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highdesertyp xybrown3 April 23 2014 at 2:00 PM

And Im sorry where did you say you communist socialist liberal uneducated god hating baby killing sodomites hang out?

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abcstarfox highdesertyp April 23 2014 at 10:48 PM

"Me thinketh thou protest too lout".

How smart are you?
communist, socialist, liberal....you don['t even know one from the other.
Way too busy following douchbagtea orders from Faux noise.

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Crazy Cademan xybrown3 April 23 2014 at 2:11 PM

Yes, you can tell by their kindergarten spelling and grammar!

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coopdabomb April 23 2014 at 8:58 AM

Dumb and dumber

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KAHUNA717 April 23 2014 at 9:40 AM

Liberals of the World unite!!!!!!

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gstamler April 23 2014 at 2:39 PM

I bet Bill ORielly will watch Colbert as will many more conservatives. Why, he is funny, very talented and most of all, SMART

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Franco gstamler April 23 2014 at 5:42 PM

Smarter than Mr Toff Gap. :O)

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The Canoli King April 23 2014 at 8:52 AM

It's Pete,and Repeat.

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