CBS says Colbert to bow on Sept. 8

Before you go, we thought you'd like these...
31 PHOTOS
See what Stephen Colbert has been up to lately
See Gallery
CBS says Colbert to bow on Sept. 8
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 10: Host, executive producer, writer Stephen Colbert speaks onstage during the 'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert' panel discussion at the CBS portion of the 2015 Summer TCA Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 10, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Television personality Stephen Colbert during a taping of Comedy Central's 'The Colbert Report' with U.S. President Barack Obama in Lisner Auditorium at George Washington University on December 8, 2014 in Washington, DC. This is President Obama's third appearance on 'The Colbert Report' that will broadcast its final show on Dec. 18. (Photo by Andrew Harrer-Pool/Getty Images)
Stephen Colbert, future host of the LATE SHOW, talks to David Letterman when Colbert visits the LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN, Tuesday, April 22 (11:35 PM-12:37 AM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by John Paul Filo/CBS via Getty Images)
Stephen Colbert speaks at the 2015 Monclair Film Festival, In Conversation With Richard Gere Hosted By Stephen Colbert at the Wellmont Theatre on May 2, 2015 in Montclair, New Jersey. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/Getty Images for Montclair Film Festival)
Television host and comedian Stephen Colbert of Comedy Central's 'The Colbert Report' listens to a question as he testifies on US farm workers before the Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugee, Border Security and International Law on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on September 24, 2010. (Photo credit Saul Loeb, AFP/Getty Images)
Honoree Stephen Colbert attends the US-Ireland Aliiance's Oscar Wilde Awards event at J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot on February 19, 2015 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for US-IRELAND ALLIANCE)
Stephen Colbert, future host of the LATE SHOW, talks to David Letterman when Colbert visits the LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN, Tuesday, April 22 (11:35 PM-12:37 AM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS via Getty Images)
Stephen Colbert, future host of the LATE SHOW, talks to David Letterman when Colbert visits the LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN, Tuesday, April 22 (11:35 PM-12:37 AM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS via Getty Images)
President Barack Obama talks with Stephen Colbert of The Colbert Report during a taping of The Colbert Report program in Lisner Auditorium at George Washington University in Washington, Monday, Dec. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Stephen Colbert speaks at the 2014 Glamour Women of the Year Awards, hosted by L'Oreal Paris, at Carnegie Hall on Monday, Nov. 10, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Brad Barket/Invision/AP)
Stephen Colbert presents the award for outstanding supporting actor in a miniseries or a movie at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Stephen Colbert accepts the award for outstanding supporting actor in a miniseries or a movie on behalf of Martin Freeman for his work on “Sherlock: His Last Vow (Masterpiece)” at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images)
Stephen Colbert, left, Evelyn McGee-Colbert, and son arrive at the Governors Ball at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
In this Oct. 13, 2013, file photo, Stephen Colbert delivers the keynote address during the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner, a charity gala organized by the Archdiocese of New York, at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York. Comedy Central says President Barack Obama will be on hand Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, as Colbert begins his final two weeks as the fake cable news bloviator on "The Colbert Report." Colbert is taking over for David Letterman on CBS' "Late Show" next year and his last appearance in character on Comedy Central will be on Dec. 18. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, File)
Stephen Colbert at Late Show with David Letterman in New York City on April 22, 2014. Credit:RW/MediaPunch
Stephen Colbert delivers the keynote address during the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation dinner, a charity gala organized by the Archdiocese of New York, at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
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
Stephen Colbert is pictured with his wife. The Kennedy Center Honorees have dinner at the U.S. Department of State. Recipients to be honored at the 37th annual national celebration of the arts are: singer Al Green, actor and filmmaker Tom Hanks, ballerina Patricia McBride, singer-songwriter Sting, and comedienne Lily Tomlin. (Photo by Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
Stephen Colbert attends the 2014 Storycorps Gala Hosted By Stephen Colbert at Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum on October 9, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)
Stephen Colbert attends the 2014 Storycorps Gala Hosted By Stephen Colbert at Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum on October 9, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)
Talk show host Stephen Colbert introduces Gwen Stefani on September 3, 2014 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Stephen Colbert speaks onstage during the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on August 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
Stephen Colbert arrives to the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on August 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by C Flanigan/Getty Images)
TV personality Stephen Colbert attends the Legendary Pictures preview and panel during Comic-Con International 2014 at San Diego Convention Center on July 26, 2014 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
Stephen Colbert attends The Drama League's 30th Annual Musical Celebration of Broadway honoring Neil Patrick Harris on February 3, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)
Stephen Colbert attends the 2014 Shape & Men's Fitness Super Bowl Party at Cipriani 42nd Street on January 31, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Tyler Kaufman/Getty Images)
Satirist Stephen Colbert speaks onstage at Robert F. Kennedy Center For Justice And Human Rights 2013 Ripple Of Hope Awards Dinner at New York Hilton Midtown on December 11, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for Robert F. Kennedy Center For Justice And Human Rights)
Satirist Stephen Colbert attends Robert F. Kennedy Center For Justice And Human Rights 2013 Ripple Of Hope Awards Dinner at New York Hilton Midtown on December 11, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for Robert F. Kennedy Center For Justice And Human Rights)
Satirist Stephen Colbert speaks onstage at Robert F. Kennedy Center For Justice And Human Rights 2013 Ripple Of Hope Awards Dinner at New York Hilton Midtown on December 11, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for Robert F. Kennedy Center For Justice And Human Rights)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 22: Stephen Colbert poses in the press room at the 65th annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on September 22, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE
SHOW CAPTION +
HIDE CAPTION

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) -- CBS says that Stephen Colbert will begin as host of the "Late Show" on Sept. 8.

The network's entertainment chief, Nina Tassler, on Monday announced Colbert's debut. Last month CBS said that David Letterman's last show before his retirement will be broadcast on May 20.

Tassler said that CBS will air reruns of its prime-time programming in the 11:35 p.m. EST time slot during the period between Letterman's exit and Colbert's start. That contrasts with the interim period before James Corden starts at the "Late Late Show," which has been filled with guest hosts doing the late-night show.

With the election coming up next year, Tassler said "it will be nice to have the smartest guy in the room at 11:30."

CBS Sets Colbert Premiere Date, Format Still Unknown

More on AOL.com:
White House admits US should have sent other officials to Paris
Man finds 'souls of the damned' in McDonald's ice cream sundae
Rare penny sold for $2.5 million

Read Full Story

People are Reading