Jon Batiste leaves Stephen Colbert’s ‘The Late Show’ after seven years as bandleader

5 months after profitable huge on the 2022 Grammys, Jon Batiste is stepping away from his publish as bandleader for Stephen Colbert’s “The Late Show.”

Colbert introduced the information throughout Thursday night time’s present.. Though Batiste wasn’t in attendance, Colbert talked up his contributions.

“Sharp-eyed viewers may have noticed that Jon hasn’t been here this summer,” Colbert mentioned. “I have an update: Jon has decided to leave the show.”

“I know, I feel the same way,” Colbert mentioned after an “aw” from the gang. “But it’s for all the best reasons, including to continue sharing his art with the world. We wanted to give him a big in-person sendoff, [musician-in-residence, the Eagles’] Joe Walsh was going to pop out of a cake — but Jon’s not in town. I hope he’s cutting his new album, and I hope it’s called ‘More Grammys Please.’”

Batiste ran the band for seven years but the news may not come as a surprise because of his absence during the summer. Louis Cato, another Grammy-winning musician who has been filling in for Batiste, will become the permanent bandleader, Colbert announced.

“We’ve been so lucky to have a front-row seat to Jon’s incredible talent for the past seven years,” Colbert mentioned. “Will we miss him here? Yeah! But we’re happy for you, Jon, and I can’t wait to have you back on as a guest with your next hit record.”

Batiste hasn’t but spoken about his departure. In a 2021 interview with The Instances forward of the Grammys, he touched on how becoming a member of the present persuaded him to lastly signal a file deal, after hoping to stay impartial.

“Because of the TV show, I wasn’t gonna be able to tour nearly as much as I had, so I figured I may as well sign a record deal,” he mentioned.

In March, Batiste led the pack with 5 Grammy wins, together with album of the 12 months. Batiste additionally received American roots efficiency, American roots tune and music video, together with rating soundtrack for visible media, due to his work on the animated movie “Soul.”

The month prior, he married his spouse Suleika Jaouad, who’s battling leukemia, at their new residence.