Colbert-Report__130807045707-275x224CBS announced its decision today that its new Late Show host will be Stephen Colbert, who said how “thrilled and grateful” he was to get the gig when David Letterman retires in 2015. Colbert has now released statement confirming he will be retiring the faux conservative talk-show host character he has played on Comedy’s Central‘s The Colbert Report since 2005 when his run there ends at the end of the year. Here’s his statement today:

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“I won’t be doing the new show in character, so we’ll all get to find out how much of him was me. I’m looking forward to it….​​”

Craig Ferguson, whose Late Late Show follows Letterman’s on CBS, tweeted his congratulations for Colbert thusly:

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