Jon Batiste Exits “The Late Present With Stephen Colbert”

After seven seasons because the bandleader of “The Late Present With Stephen Colbert,” Jon Batiste is stepping down. Colbert introduced the musician’s departure on Aug. 11.

“Sharp-eyed viewers might have observed that Jon hasn’t been right here this summer time,” the host stated throughout the present, addressing the truth that Batiste has been absent many of the summer time. “Effectively, I’ve an replace. Jon has determined to go away the present, nevertheless it’s for all the most effective causes together with to proceed sharing his artwork with the world.” Colbert added, “We now have been so fortunate to have a entrance row seat to Jon’s unimaginable expertise for the previous seven years. And can we miss him right here? Yeah! However we’re completely satisfied for you, Jon, and I am unable to wait to have you ever again on as a visitor along with your subsequent hit document. I like you.”

Batiste can be changed by Louis Cato, at the moment the guitarist in the home band. Cato has performed on the present with Batiste because the present started. “It has been one of many nice honors of my life to work on this present, alongside a few of the most gifted musicians and creatives I do know,” Cato stated through a CBS press launch. “Watching and studying from each Jon and Stephen for these previous seven years, I am genuinely excited to proceed the custom of excellence they’ve established.”

Throughout Batiste’s tenure on the present, he is launched his personal music to nice success, touring across the globe together with his band, Keep Human, and profitable the Grammy for album of the 12 months in 2022 for his eighth studio album, “We Are.” He has additionally labored with Beyoncé, Mariah Carey, and John Legend and is at the moment engaged on a brand new album, per ABC.

Batiste appeared to reply to Colbert’s variety phrases in an Aug. 12 tweet. “Thank God for Stephen Colbert,” he tweeted alongside a coronary heart emoji.

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