Stephen Colbert's Late Show Start Date Revealed

Colbert Report End Date

Stephen Colbert has less than eight months to prepare for his new gig as host of The Late Show.

CBS on Monday announced that Colbert’s first live episode will air Tuesday, Sept. 8.

“He’s got almost all of his creative team from The Colbert Report coming to work with him,” CBS President Nina Tassler revealed during the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour. “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 it’s about “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.”

Additionally, CBS is “in conversations” with current host David Letterman about doing specials leading up to his sign-off. Letterman’s final broadcast will be Wednesday, May 20.