I am so sorry.
More than once in the months that predated your debut on The Late Show on CBS, I questioned you.
Not your talent. Not your comedic prowess or interview chops. Not your deserving the chair.
Instead I wondered if you would add anything unique to the late night landscape.
Without the fake conservative persona that made you legendary, I feared your real personality — so positive and genuine — would bring another version of Jimmy Fallon or James Coburn’s sincerely sunny shtick to late night.
How quickly I was proven wrong.
The educated weirdness that was so much a part of your previous alter ego lives on in your true self, so The Late Show is more complex and more rewarding.
Forgive me for ever doubting you.