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Neil Patrick Harris congratulates the ‘rad’ Stephen Colbert on The Late Show gig

Neil Patrick Harris congratulates the ‘rad’ Stephen Colbert on The Late Show gig

The selection of Stephen Colbert today to replace David Letterman as host of The Late Show on CBS ended speculation that Neil Patrick Harris could become the first openly gay host in late night history.

Harris took to Twitter to congratulate the host of The Colbert Report who will take over for Letterman next year.

He tweeted: ‘I’m thrilled for replacing Dave. He’s a fantastic choice. I’m a huge fan. Colbert is rad.’

Harris, currently on Broadway in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, was asked about the gig earlier this week during a press conference. He remarked that he was a big fan on CBS and of network head Les Moonves ‘so who knows?’

He added: ‘It would be an asinine amount of work.’

Harris also said he was ‘super-focused on Hedwig at the moment, so that hasn’t even been a conversation at all’ about replacing Letterman.