To the surprise of no one, CBS officially announced this morning Stephen Colbert, now host of the network’s The Late Show, is returning to host The Kennedy Center Honors. CBS will broadcast the pre-recorded ceremony, held at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, on Tuesday, December 29. Colbert also hosted last year, when he was David Letterman’s designated successor on the CBS late-night show, but had not yet debuted.
Before hosting the show in 2014, Colbert appeared at the Kennedy Center Honors during a 2011 tribute to Yo-Yo Ma.
Carole King, George Lucas, Rita Moreno, Seiji Ozawa and Cicely Tyson this year will be saluted by performers during the ceremony, while honorees sit in the balcony in the company of President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. Honorees were announced in July this year, two months earlier than usual, in order to give organizers more time to book performers, It is the event’s 38th year but the first to be produced by Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss at White Cherry Entertainment. George Stevens Jr. had produced every year previous. White Cherry also has produced CBS-broadcast Tony Awards for the past 13 years.
Stephen Colbert also is executive producer and writer of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, which launched in September, after serving as host, executive producer and writer of the long-running, Emmy and Peabody Award-winning Comedy Central series The Colbert Report. Colbert has written multiple bestsellers, including I Am America (And So Can You!) (2007) and America Again: Re-Becoming The Greatness We Never Weren’t (2012). He also won a Grammy Award in 2010 for his one-hour original musical holiday special, A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift Of All!