Morning show producer taking over Colbert’s show

CBS announced Wednesday that Chris Licht will be making the unusual shift.

FILE - In this Aug. 10, 2015, file photo, Stephen Colbert participates in "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" segment of the CBS Summer TCA Tour in Beverly Hills, Calif. Colbert may not respect much of what Donald Trump says, but he does admire the Republican's ability to craft a message that many voters are responding to. "There is a populism to Trump that I find very appealing," Colbert said on an interview to be shown on CBS' "Face the Nation" on Sunday, Dec. 27. "And it’s only this: the party elders want him to go away, but the people have decided that he’s not going to." (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

NEW YORK (AP) – The executive behind CBS’ morning news program is taking over as the executive producer of Stephen Colbert’s “Late Show.”

CBS announced Wednesday that Chris Licht will be making the unusual shift. The morning news show, while still third in the ratings behind “Good Morning America” and “Today,” has made significant critical and commercial strides since Licht began guiding it behind the scenes.

Colbert started fast as David Letterman’s replacement last fall on the “Late Show,” but recently has been running very close to ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel behind the late-night comedy leader, Jimmy Fallon of NBC’s “Tonight” show.

Ryan Kadro, who has been a co-executive producer of “CBS This Morning” with Licht, will take over the show on his own.

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