Stephen Colbert debuts Tuesday as ‘The Late Show’ host

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NEW YORK — Stephen Colbert will be dropping his fictional character on “The Colbert Report” and debuting as the host of the “The Late Show” on CBS Tuesday night.

Colbert is replacing David Letterman, who founded “Late Show With David Letterman” in 1993. Actor George Clooney and GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush will be his first guests. Vice President Joe Biden will be making an appearance on Thursday, where he might announce his decision to run for president in 2016, according to CNN.

Colbert made his television debut on Jon Stewart’s “The Daily Show” as a reporter while simultaneously playing a key role alongside Amy Sedaris in the Comedy Central series “Strangers With Candy.” He later branched out to start his own show “The Colbert Report,” on which he played a fictional character who mocked conservative talk show hosts like Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly.

But that’s about to change: on “The Late Show,” Colbert will be playing himself.

He’s already gearing up his fans for the debut and bringing in a little humor with his hosts. Jeb Bush joked to Colbert on Twitter about thinking Amy Schumer was the host.

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Expect Colbert to continue bringing humor and politics together as “The Late Show” host. In an interview with CBS’s Mo Rocca, Colbert defined his goal for the show.

“The goal is to have fun with my friends,” Colbert said, “and that means sometimes talking about things that you care about. We’re going to want to be talking about what’s going on in the world.”