Watch David Letterman Pass the 'Late Show' Baton to Stephen Colbert [Video]

Dave Nemetz
Yahoo TVApril 22, 2014

It's a "Late Show" lovefest tonight as outgoing host David Letterman welcomes his replacement, Stephen Colbert, as a guest for the first time since Colbert signed on to take the reins of CBS's late-night talk show next year.

And this is no Leno-Conan situation; these two are obviously on great terms. Colbert has been a "Late Show" guest a dozen times already, and in the preview clip above, Letterman warmly introduces the man who'll take his seat as "the very talented and always entertaining Stephen Colbert."

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A beaming Colbert, sporting thicker-framed glasses than usual (maybe this is a peek at his non-"Colbert Report" persona?), joins Dave on stage as the host gives him a standing ovation. "You look right at home," Letterman adds.

Colbert is eager to pay homage to Letterman: "I want to do whatever you have done," he tells Dave, but the late-night icon quickly shoots that down. "Oh no, no, no, no, no… you don't want to do that," Letterman laughs.

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He has high praise for Colbert, too — well, sort of. After Colbert says he's "thrilled" to take over the "Late Show," Letterman says he's pleased with CBS's decision, too: "They could've just as easily hired another boob like me."

But Colbert corrects him: "They hired a boob like me," he replies. "Every boob is like a snowflake, Dave. We're all unique in our own way."

Yep, these two boobs are gonna get along just fine.

"Late Show With David Letterman" airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. on CBS.