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Stephen Colbert to host Kennedy Center Honors

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CBS is sinking its hooks into Stephen Colbert, enlisting its new late-night star to host the Kennedy Center Honors, the network announced Tuesday.

As the comedian’s reign at Comedy Central winds down, Colbert will host the ceremony which will honor, among others, Al Green, Tom Hanks, and Lily Tomlin this year.

“I am stunned to be receiving a Kennedy Center Honor at such a young age. I thought it would be years before… I’m sorry. I’m being told I am HOSTING the Kennedy Center Honors. Oh… Well, I’m glad. That makes a lot more sense,” Colbert said in a statement. Colbert will make his debut as host of the Late Show sometime in 2015.

Last year, Glenn Close hosted the Honors. Walter Cronkite was a long-time host of the ceremony, with Caroline Kennedy hosting in recent years.

The ceremony will take place Dec. 7 and will be broadcast Dec. 30. Sting and Patricia McBride will also be honored.

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