On Tuesday, Colbert revealed on Twitter that Republican presidential candidate and former governor of Florida Jeb Bush will join previously announced guest (and noted liberal) George Clooney on the premiere episode, which airs Tuesday, Sept. 8. Kendrick Lamar will be the musical guest.
Colbert also quipped that, while Bush will be the first GOP candidate he interviews on The Late Show, he probably won't be the last.
At the Television Critics Association fall previews on Monday, Colbert said that he won't bring his super-conservative Colbert Report persona to The Late Show — but there might be shades of him.
"I don't think anyone would've watched that old show if they didn't know who I was, because that guy was a tool," he said. "I was able to piggyback on the back of that character and be extremely intimate with the audience because I had the excuse that I didn't mean it. But I'm here to tell you, I meant a lot of it. I even agreed with my character sometimes. But we tried to establish a really intimate relationship with the audience and my hope is when you see me on the new show you'll go, 'Oh, wow. A lot of that was him the whole time.' But I won't know how much of it is until I go do it, honest to God. It's an act of discovery for me too."
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