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The 'Late Show With Stephen Colbert' Officially Has An Air Date

Television personality Stephen Colbert smiles while taping the 'The Colbert Report' with U.S. President Barack Obama, not pic
Television personality Stephen Colbert smiles while taping the 'The Colbert Report' with U.S. President Barack Obama, not pictured, in Lisner Auditorium at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Monday, Dec. 8, 2014. This is President Obama's third appearance on 'The Colbert Report' that will broadcast its final show on Dec. 18. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

CBS has announced the "Late Show With Stephen Colbert" will debut on Sept. 8 from the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City.

“The production office is open, the premiere date is set, and we’re incredibly excited to welcome the creative and comedic genius of Stephen Colbert to CBS late night this fall,” Nina Tassler, Chairman of CBS Entertainment, said in a statement.

Colbert will replace the legendary David Letterman, who announced his plans to retire back in April. Letterman will air the last installment of his 32-year-run as host on May 20.

"Well, I'm thrilled as well," Letterman said while interviewing Colbert after the news had been revealed. "In a situation like this ... they could have just as easily hired another boob like me."

Colbert said goodbye to his Comedy Central show, "The Colbert Report," with a surreal finale in December. He officially sealed off his character's immortality, signing off with the already iconic: “From eternity, I’m Stephen Colbert.

The last episode included Colbert's deliberate breaking of character. As host of the "Late Show," the version of Colbert we've come to known on the "Report" will be gone. Although, the format this new hosting gig is still in the process of being fine-tuned.

There will be music on the show [and] he certainly will have guests on the show. Whether he starts with an opening monologue, he’s working on that right now," Tassler said (via TVLine). The goal seems to be "letting him do what he wants to do ... There will be parts that will be traditionally, and there will be things he wants to try differently.”

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BEFORE YOU GO

  • 1 He is a Super PAC and so can we.

    If there was any confusion about what the Citizen's United ruling and unlimited private donations meant to our election system, there certainly wasn't after Colbert was through mucking about with them. The host created a very real PAC, followed by a Super PAC during the 2012 campaign season, and with a little help from Jon Stewart, educated Americans on exactly how much he could bend the rules every night.
  • 2 He pledged Jimmy Fallon's money to charity.
    After auctioning off a portrait of himself for $26,000, Colbert went on his show and announced that Jimmy Fallon had agreed t
    After auctioning off a portrait of himself for $26,000, Colbert went on his show and announced that Jimmy Fallon had agreed to match those funds. Only problem was, he never told Jimmy he was going to do that. As Fallon explained in an interview with our own Arianna, "Literally he did not call me or ask me or consult with me and see if I would ever match $26,000 to a charity." We guess Colbert just KNEW his BFF for six months would come through.
  • 3 He gave the most daring WHCD speech ever.

    It might not have gone over well in the room, but Colbert's daring in-character take down of George W. Bush stands as one of the most epic comedic monologues of all time.
  • 4 He also testified in character before the House.
    A lot of people weren't amused by <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k1T75jBYeCs" target="_hplink">Colbert's in-characte
    A lot of people weren't amused by Colbert's in-character testimony before a House hearing on undocumented farm workers, but his appearance shed critical light on an issue that most people don't understand, while also mocking that misunderstanding at its source.
  • 5 He shaved his head for the troops.

    In June of 2009, Colbert took the "Report" to Iraq and taped four shows for soldiers at Camp Victory. During the first taping, he submitted to a military-style haircut, ordered by President Obama himself.
  • 6 He ran for President Of The United States Of South Carolina.
    Colbert heightened the absurdity of forming his own Super PAC by deciding to "explore" running for <a href="https://www.huffp
    Colbert heightened the absurdity of forming his own Super PAC by deciding to "explore" running for President Of The United States Of South Carolina. But before he could enter the election, he was legally required to hand over the reigns of his Super PAC to a trusted source, i.e. Jon Stewart.
  • 7 He trolls uptight British people.

    Colbert's was the only Royal Wedding coverage we cared about.
  • 8 He copes with rejection like a boss.
    After Daft Punk cancelled their appearance on "The Colbert Report" the day before the taping, Colbert took the high road and
    After Daft Punk cancelled their appearance on "The Colbert Report" the day before the taping, Colbert took the high road and mercilessly mocked them, MTV and Viacom. He also revealed the reason: that Daft Punk was to be a surprise performer at the VMA's in September. So... SURPRISE!
  • 9 He gave us the best Maurice Sendak interview.

    Watch part two here.
  • 10 He tells it like it is no matter where he is.

    Take that, Babylon.
  • 11 He makes the most of every 'sponsortunity.'
    It is a brave marketing director who gives Stephen Colbert money for a branded segment. <a href="https://www.huffpost.com/ent
    It is a brave marketing director who gives Stephen Colbert money for a branded segment. In this Wheat Thins episode, Colbert read an actual memo sent to him by the company, explaining Wheat Thins' role in all of our lives.
  • 12 He takes second billing to NO ONE.

    Colbert supersized his show for Sir Paul McCartney, giving his 150-person audience a mini concert with the Beatles legend. Nevertheless, when it came time for the interview, Colbert still took center stage, as per usual.
  • 13 He tells the important stories.

    Colbert's segment about Mayor Johnny Cumming's of Vicco, Ky. took the internet by storm and for good reason: it was hilarious, heartfelt and deeply touching.
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