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Stephen Colbert is set to be the emcee for this year’s Kennedy Center Honors, CBS said on Wednesday.
“I am stunned to be receiving a Kennedy Center Honor at such a young age,” said the Comedy Central host in a statement. “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.”
The Colbert Report host is familiar with skewering and praising politicos at Beltway events, having served as host of the White House Correspondents Dinner in 2006.
The annual Kennedy Center awards gala is held at Washington D.C.’s John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. This year’s honorees include Tom Hanks, Lily Tomlin and Patricia McBride. The president and the first lady are also set to attend.
The event will be broadcast by CBS on Dec. 30. Colbert will soon be one of the faces of the network, stepping in to replace David Letterman on The Late Show next year.
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