The Colbert Show might be gone, but Stephen Colbert will live on our TV screens forever. (Or, you know, until he retires like Jon Stewart.) Come fall 2015, Colbert will be taking over The Late Show, and I couldn't be more excited. Clearly, neither could he, since he's released many hilarious promos to ease us into the transition of seeing him on a new network with a new persona (better known as his actual personality). On Friday morning, Colbert revealed his first Late Show guest on Twitter, in the form of a joke, of course. When The Late Show With Stephen Colbert debuts on September 8, expect to see the former faux news host sitting down with none other than George Clooney. You know. Amal Clooney's husband. Yeah! That guy! I think he's done some movies or something, IDK.
Of course, loyal viewers of The Colbert Report know that this is far from the first time that the 51-year-old has sat down with the actor, but this will also technically be the first time that the 51-year-old actually sits down with the actor. The Stephen Colbert that hosted The Colbert Report is a fictitious invention of the Stephen Colbert that will be hosting The Late Show, and it will be interesting to see how that changes his rapport with Clooney, and whether that produces an interview that is as entertaining as it is informative. The fact of the matter is that Comedy Central audiences really have no idea what to expect from The Late Show despite all the promos, because we've been interacting with a character through our TV screens this whole time.
Just the fact that, in all likelihood, Clooney will come out from backstage to sit in front of Colbert's desk rather than Colbert leaving his desk to run across the stage and get all the applause is different from what we're used to. So, really, it's exciting that Colbert is choosing a guest that he already has an interviewing history with for his first show, because that will be a great way to show audiences what to expect from him going forward. Then again, I don't even know why I worried. After so many years on television, Colbert definitely knows what he's doing and how to send a message across. All we have to do is be open to receiving it.
Check out the announcement tweet below.