‘Late Show With Stephen Colbert’ Exec Producer Meredith Bennett Departs

Meredith Bennett has left her position as executive producer of “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” Variety has confirmed.

Bennett departed the CBS late-night franchise before the Memorial Day weekend, a source close to the show told Variety. Her exit comes in the wake of former “CBS This Morning” exec producer Chris Licht’s installation in April as the new exec producer and showrunner of “Late Show.”

Bennett oversaw business and production functions for the late-night talker, with no hand in creative matters. Licht absorbed most of her duties when he joined the show.

“Late Show” had no showrunner prior to Licht, with Colbert overseeing all aspects of the show himself from its development and through its premiere last September and beyond. In its first few months the show turned in an uneven performance, garnering mixed critical reception and struggling to fight off ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” for second place in the 11:30 p.m. time period behind NBC’s “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”

Since Licht’s arrival, “The Late Show” has seen a modest improvement in its ratings.

Bennett had previously worked with Colbert on Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report.” She moved with him to CBS along with most of that show’s team.

CBS declined to comment on Bennett’s exit.



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