Wednesday, June 12, 2024

UPDATE Stephen Colbert Announces Jon Batiste Leaving to Make a New Record and Get More Grammys


Last month, Jon Batiste announced he was taking the summer off as Stephen Colbert’s band leader.

Last night, Colbert dropped the other show: Batiste is not coming back. Colbert was his usual gracious self, wished Batiste well, said he hoped he was leavinb to make a new record win more Grammys.

In January, Batiste won Album of the Year at the Grammys. He’s got an Oscar, too, for “Soul.” So has matriculated, graduated, and is off to be a star.

Louis Cato takes over the Colbert band.

PS Batiste has a new record out called “Sweet” with Diane Warren and Pentatonix. See below.

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Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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