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Stephen Colbert to Return as Host of the Kennedy Center Honors

Colbert will help fete Carole King, Cicely Tyson, Rita Moreno, and more.

The Colbert Report's Steven Colbert will host this year's Kennedy Center Honors.

Emmy-winning television personality Stephen Colbert will host the 38th annual Kennedy Center Honors on Sunday, December 6. The gala will be recorded by the CBS Network for a broadcast on Tuesday, December 29, at 9pm.

Colbert is the host, executive producer, and writer of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, which launched in September 2015 on CBS. Previously, he served as host, executive producer, and writer of the long-running, multiple Emmy and Peabody Award-winning series The Colbert Report on Comedy Central. Colbert has written multiple New York Times bestsellers, including I Am America (And So Can You!) and America Again: Re-Becoming the Greatness We Never Weren't. He also won a Grammy Award in 2010 for his one-hour original musical holiday special, A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All. Before hosting the show in 2014, Mr. Colbert appeared at the Kennedy Center Honors during a 2011 tribute to Yo-Yo Ma.

This year's Kennedy Center Honors recipients are American rock band the Eagles, singer-songwriter Carole King, Star Wars filmmaker George Lucas, actress and singer Rita Moreno (West Side Story), conductor Seiji Ozawa, and actress and Broadway star Cicely Tyson (The Gin Game).

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