Stephen Colbert Announces Jon Batiste’s Exit After 7 Years As ‘Late Show’ Bandleader

Viewers of “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” have been caught abruptly Thursday when Colbert introduced bandleader Jon Batiste was leaving the discuss present after seven years as its most charming staple.

“I’ve got news about our dear friend Jon Batiste,” Colbert told the audience. “Now, sharp-eyed viewers may have noticed that Jon hasn’t been here this summer. Well, I have an update. Jon has decided to leave the show.”

The announcement spurred audible groans from the studio viewers, which Colbert might solely relate to.

“I know,” Colbert informed the group. “I feel the same way. 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. Joe Walsh was gonna pop out of a cake. Thank you, Joe.”

Whereas Batiste himself has but to publicly touch upon the matter and hasn’t tweeted since late July, the musical prodigy has actually made the entire world his oyster. He was not solely nominated for 11 awards on the 2022 Grammy Awards however gained Album of the Yr.

“I hope he’s cutting his new album,” Colbert informed his viewers, “and I hope it’s called, ‘More Grammys Please.’”

Colbert stated “Late Show” guitarist Joe Walsh didn’t get the prospect to burst from a cake as a result of Batiste wasn’t even on the town when the announcement was made. Louis Cato who served as interim bandleader throughout Batiste’s summer season break will change him at an unknown date, in keeping with Billboard.

“He is a musical genius,” Colbert informed his viewers. “He can basically play every instrument on that stage. Give him an afternoon, he’ll learn how to play Mozart on a shoehorn.”

Batiste, who gave an invigorating efficiency on the Grammys and galvanized the group into dance, went dwelling with 5 trophies earlier this yr. His Album of the Yr win caught viewers abruptly as he confronted stiff competitors towards Billie Eilish, Lil Nas X, and Olivia Rodrigo.

“We have been so lucky to have a front row seat to Jon’s incredible talent for the past seven years,” Colbert informed his viewers. “Will we miss him here? Yeah! 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. I love you.”