Jon Batiste is leaving CBS’ The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, having served as bandleader since the show’s launch in September 2015, host Stephen Colbert announced Thursday.
Colbert told his audience that Louis Cato, who has filled in during Batiste’s absence all summer, will take on the role permanently, with the host introducing his audience to the newly named Louis Cato and the Late Show Band.
“Jon has decided to leave the show,” Colbert said during the episode. “But it’s for the best of reasons, including continuing to share his art with the world.”
The host explained that Batiste was out of town and couldn’t be in the studio for a big farewell. “We’ve been very fortunate to have seen Jon’s incredible talent on the front row over the past seven years,” continued Colbert. “But we’re happy for you Jon and I can’t wait to guest again with your next hit. I love you.”
Batiste, 35, was a big winner at the 2022 Grammy Awards in April, winning five trophies including Album of the Year for We Are. He also won an Academy Award and a Grammy for his work on the score for the 2020 Pixar film Soul, which he co-wrote with Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.
Colbert’s announcement can be seen below.