Colbert extends contract to host 'The Late Show' through 2023
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Stephen ColbertStephen Tyrone ColbertThe Hill's Campaign Report: Democrats set for critical debate in New Hampshire Sanders casts Buttigieg as billionaire favorite in fight for New Hampshire Buttigieg to sit down with Colbert between Iowa and New Hampshire MORE is signing on to continue as host of "The Late Show" for at least the next four years.

CBS announced Thursday that it was extending the contract of its late-night host through 2023. 

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The 55-year-old comedian's monologue, CBS Chief Creative Officer David Nevins said in a statement, "has become a vibrant part of the national discussion, and a spot on Stephen's couch places guests from the worlds of entertainment, news and politics in front of late night's largest and most desirable audience."

"I've been asked by CBS to host 'The Late Show' until 2023," Colbert said, "and I have every intention of honoring their subpoena."

The long-running program has taken on an increasingly politically charged tone in his monologue and one-liners, and enjoyed big ratings, in the Trump era.

Colbert — a frequent critic of the president — has also played host to a bevy of political guests. Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisConway: Trump is 'toying with everybody' by attacking Bloomberg for stop-and-frisk comments The Hill's Campaign Report: New challenges for 2020 Dems in Nevada, South Carolina Beleaguered Biden turns to must-win South Carolina MORE (D-Calif.), former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenDemocrats redefine center as theirs collapses Speculation swirls around whether Bloomberg will make Las Vegas debate stage Pelosi: 'I'm not counting Joe Biden out' MORE and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersDemocrats redefine center as theirs collapses Speculation swirls around whether Bloomberg will make Las Vegas debate stage Pelosi: 'I'm not counting Joe Biden out' MORE (I-Vt.), all 2020 contenders, have appeared on "The Late Show" in recent months. Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi: 'I'm not counting Joe Biden out' Short defends Trump's tweets as a 'very effective way' to communicate with Americans Democrats fear rule of law crumbling under Trump MORE (D-Calif.) is poised to sit down with Colbert next week.