Stephen Colbert won't start his tenure as host of the "Late Show" until next year, but he's already getting a warm welcome from fellow late-night hosts.
"The Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel of "Jimmy Kimmel Live," Seth Meyers of "Late Night" and Craig Ferguson of "The Late Late Show" all took to Twitter following Thursday's announcement that "The Colbert Report" host will succeed David Letterman following his retirement next year.
I'd like to welcome the great @StephenAtHome to network late night and also congratulate him on his new name: Jimmy Colbert.— jimmy fallon (@jimmyfallon) April 10, 2014
Congratulations to the hugely talented and fragrant and lovely @StephenAtHome on the new gig. Welcome to the CBS funhouse.— Craig Ferguson (@CraigyFerg) April 10, 2014
Congratulations to @StephenAtHome! Could not have happened to a nicer guy— Seth Meyers (@sethmeyers) April 10, 2014
Letterman himself also released a statement congratulating his successor: "Stephen has always been a real friend to me. I'm very excited for him, and I'm flattered that CBS chose him. I also happen to know they wanted another guy with glasses."
Others in Hollywood also shared reactions to Thursday's Colbert-Letterman news, among them Larry King, Mindy Kaling, Ryan Seacrest and "Two and a Half Men" star Jon Cryer.
Congratulations to Stephen Colbert for succeeding David Letterman. He should be terrific! @StephenAtHome - will you stay in character?— Larry King (@kingsthings) April 10, 2014
Congrats @StephenAtHome ! The world rejoices!— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) April 10, 2014
Congrats to @stephenathome on his new home. Who should the first guest be?— Arianna Huffington (@ariannahuff) April 10, 2014
Finally! A minority is gonna be represented in late night! Catholic Elvish speakers everywhere rejoice!!— Jon Cryer (@MrJonCryer) April 10, 2014
Can't wait to get to know the real Stephen Colbert. Congrats @StephenAtHome— Ryan Seacrest (@RyanSeacrest) April 10, 2014
Congrats, @StephenAtHome! You will be the best at the desk! But I will deeply miss the Colbert Report.— Kristen Schaal (@kristenschaaled) April 10, 2014
Mazel @StephenAtHome!!!— Andy Cohen (@Andy) April 10, 2014