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Stephen Colbert's Late Show premieres Sept. 8

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Stephen Colbert will officially take the reins of the Late Show from David Letterman when Late Show with Stephen Colbert premieres Sept. 8, CBS announced today.

"I have nine months to make a show, just like a baby. So first, I should find out how you make a baby," said Colbert (above left) in a press release from CBS.

Colbert's Late Show will air in the same slot as Late Show with David Letterman, 11:35 p.m. to 12:37 a.m. ET/PT, and will be taped at the same location: the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York. CBS named Colbert as Letterman's successor in April 2014, one week after Letterman (above right) announced he would retire in 2015. Last month, CBS announced that Letterman will host his final episode of the Late Show on May 10, after a 21-year tenure.

The Colbert Report, Colbert's previous show, ended a 10-season run on Comedy Central in December. Prior to starting his own show, Colbert served as a correspondent for Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart for eight years.