TODAY   |  April 11, 2014

Stephen Colbert’s late-night leap sparks buzz

Social media is on fire with news that Stephen Colbert will replace David Letterman when he retires next year. Carson Daly reports from the Orange Room.

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>>> his plans to retire next year, and now we know who will replace him. it's stephen colbert . a lot of people are reacting.

>> a lot of reaction. what did you guys think?

>> fantastic.

>> pretty smart move.

>> pretty good choice.

>> let's tell you what people are saying online. stephen colbert will be when letterman does leave, not sure exactly when that is, probably 2015 , he'll be the replacement. there's the handshake there. jimmy fallon writes in, i'd like to welcome the great stephen at home to the network and congratulate him on his new name jimmy colbert . neil patrick harris wrote, i'm thrilled. he's a fantastic choice. here's mindy kaling . congratulations to stephen at home. a classy person who is constantly trending. people very happy for stephen . we'll have much more on this in our next half-hour, guys.

>> all right, carson.

>> and he says he's going to be himself, not the character.

>> dropping that.

>> so is it colbert or colbert ?

>> i think he's going to have to go to colbert .