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Find Out Whom Stephen Colbert Is Most Excited to Have on The Late Show (Hint: It's Not George Clooney)

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Find Out Whom Stephen Colbert Is Most Excited to Have on The Late Show (Hint: It's Not George Clooney)

Originally posted 08/28/2015 03:00PM

Stephen Colbert has a lot to look forward to.

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert debuts Sept. 8, and the new headliner of CBS's late-night lineup has already booked an impressive guest list, including Amy Schumer, Scarlett Johansson, Jeb Bush and George Clooney.

But Colbert, who sat down with TIME for this week's cover story, says he's most excited to talk to a very special blast from his past for a segment called "Who Am Me."

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Jeb Bush Is Raffling Off a Ticket to See Him on Stephen Colbert's First Late Show

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Jeb Bush Is Raffling Off a Ticket to See Him on Stephen Colbert's First Late Show

Originally posted 08/28/2015 12:00PM

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush has got the hottest ticket in town – and he's raffling it off to the luckiest bidder.

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Amy Schumer, Scarlett Johansson to Stop by The Late Show in Stephen Colbert's First Week

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Amy Schumer, Scarlett Johansson to Stop by The Late Show in Stephen Colbert's First Week

Originally posted 08/24/2015 12:20PM

It looks like Stephen Colbert really is leaning in.

After calling late-night television "a bit of a sausagefest," Colbert has landed two mega-watt female stars – and all-around powerful women – as some of his first guests when he takes over The Late Show on Sept. 8.

Captain America: Civil War superhero Scarlett Johansson is set to stop by Sept. 9, and breakout comedian Amy Schumer will drop in Sept. 11, CBS announced Monday. (A tip for Colbert's Eminem-tested, celebrity-ignorant alter ego: Don't call the former "ScarJo.")

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Stephen Colbert Turned to Comedy to Cheer Up His Mother After His Father and Brothers' Death: 'I Wanted to Make Her Happy'

Stephen Colbert Turned to Comedy to Cheer Up His Mother After His Father and Brothers' Death: 'I Wanted to Make Her Happy'

Originally posted 08/18/2015 03:45PM

Stephen Colbert was 10 years old when his father and two brothers were tragically killed in a plane crash.

"It's built into me the way like the marble is built into the shape of statue. It's kind of at a certain age what I was made of," Colbert told Howard Stern in a SiriusXM radio interview on Tuesday.

When Stern asked if that made him fearful of the outside world, Colbert responded, "I think it was disassociated. Like, completely cut off. The world didn't make any sense. And so it was easy to remove yourself from the world."

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Stephen Colbert on Learning to Accept the Deaths of His Father and Brothers: 'I Love the Thing That I Most Wish Had Not Happened' | Stephen Colbert

Stephen Colbert on Learning to Accept the Deaths of His Father and Brothers: 'I Love the Thing That I Most Wish Had Not Happened'

Originally posted 08/18/2015 10:00AM

Stephen Colbert has revealed that the joy he uses in his comedy comes from the darkest place in his life – the tragic deaths of his father and two brothers in a plane crash when he was just 10 years old.

"You've got to learn to love the bomb," Colbert told GQ in a recent profile, quoting longtime Second City director Jeff Michalski. "Boy, did I have a bomb when I was 10."

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'Your Guests Tonight Are ... Gummy Bears' and More of Stephen Colbert's Weirdest GQ Quotes About His Late Show

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'Your Guests Tonight Are ... Gummy Bears' and More of Stephen Colbert's Weirdest GQ Quotes About His Late Show

Originally posted 08/17/2015 11:25AM

Part of the fun of being a Stephen Colbert fan is never quite knowing what he's going to do next. Co-headline a political rally in D.C.? Dance his way through late-night TV? Compare his future guests to gummy bears?

The new face of The Late Show did just that in a recent cover story for GQ magazine. And while many of his pre-debut interviews have been funny, engaging and full of promise, Colbert's latest sit-down seems ... well ... a little weird.

Don't get us wrong: We love when Colbert gets weird (Wrist Strong, anyone?). Still, there were more than a few lines that left us scratching our heads upon first reading ...

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Stephen Colbert Is Sorry Late-Night TV Is a 'Sausagefest' and Promises to 'Lean In' with His Late Show | Stephen Colbert

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Stephen Colbert Is Sorry Late-Night TV Is a 'Sausagefest' and Promises to 'Lean In' with His Late Show

Originally posted 08/14/2015 03:20PM

We love Stephen Colbert for a lot of reasons: He's smart, he's goofy, he's charming and, most of all, he says what we're all thinking.

The new host of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert did just that in an essay for Glamour's September issue in which he admitted that late-night television can be, well, "a bit of a sausagefest."

"It has been pointed out to me that I, like other late-night TV hosts, am a man," writes Colbert, 51. "And while I'm happy to have a job, I am surprised that the world of late-night TV lacks a female presence, unlike sitcoms, which are packed with smoking-hot wives who teach their doughy husband a valuable lesson when he slips on a pizza and falls headfirst into a porta-potty full of beer. Check your local listings."

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Jay Leno Has Plenty to Say About Jimmy Fallon, Stephen Colbert and 'Odd Duck' David Letterman

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Jay Leno Has Plenty to Say About Jimmy Fallon, Stephen Colbert and 'Odd Duck' David Letterman

Originally posted 08/13/2015 06:40PM

Jay Leno served as the host of The Tonight Show for 22 years before stepping down in 2014, but the 65-year-old isn't wallowing in nostalgia. In fact, he's pretty certain he does not miss the late-night life.

"It's different," Leno told PEOPLE of today's landscape. "You live in the time you live in and for my time, it was great."

Though the faces have changed, Leno said at NBC/Universal's TCA Party in Beverly Hills on Wednesday that the good will is the same. Contrary to popular belief, Leno said the comedy scene isn't "some horrible, cutthroat business," he said. "The idea that there's all this stabbing in the back, I mean, it's really not."

In that spirit, Leno shared his candid – and generally affectionate – opinions on some of his most direct peers, including his Tonight Show successor, Jimmy Fallon, his former time slot competitor David Letterman and the ascendant Stephen Colbert.

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Stephen Colbert Reveals The Late Show Take Over Advice From David Letterman

Stephen Colbert Reveals The Late Show Take Over Advice From David Letterman

Originally posted 08/11/2015 12:00AM

Stephen Colbert is set to take over The Late Show on Sept. 8, but before doing so, the future host took a few tips from the master himself – David Letterman.

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Stephen Colbert's First Late Show Guest Is ... George Clooney!

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Stephen Colbert's First Late Show Guest Is ... George Clooney!

Originally posted 08/07/2015 11:00AM

It doesn't get more A-list than this.

George Clooney is slated as Stephen Colbert's first guest when the comedian takes over the Late Show next month.

"George Clooney will be my first-ever #LSSC guest on September 8th! Could one of you let him know?" Colbert, 51, Tweeted on Friday.

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