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From the Kennedy Center:
“The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts today announced Stephen Colbert will host the 37th annual Kennedy Center Honors on Sunday, December 7, 2014. The Honors Gala will be recorded for broadcast on the CBS Network for the 37th consecutive year as a two-hour primetime special on Tuesday, December 30 at 9 p.m. (ET/PT). As previously announced, the recipients of the 2014 Kennedy Center Honors will be singer Al Green, actor and filmmaker Tom Hanks, ballerina Patricia McBride, singer-songwriter Sting and comedienne Lily Tomlin.
“The Kennedy Center Honors recognizes excellence on a national stage and we are pleased that a man of Stephen’s accomplishment will host the show. He is best in class and will no doubt undo any solemnity that might otherwise attend the occasion,” said Honors co-producer George Stevens, Jr., the recipient of 17 Emmy Awards who conceived the Honors in 1978.
Stephen Colbert stated, “I am stunned to be receiving a Kennedy Center Honor at such a young age. 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.”
Honors co-producer, Michael Stevens, who has guided the production during its recent run of five consecutive Emmys for Outstanding Variety Special, stated: “On the one night each year when entertainment, the classical arts, and country converge, who better to preside over the proceedings than a D.C. native of renowned comedic talents whose cultural influence extends nationwide.”
Stephen Colbert is best known as the host, writer and executive producer of the long-running, multiple Emmy and Peabody Award-winning series The Colbert Report on Comedy Central. It was recently announced that Colbert will succeed David Letterman on CBS as the host of the Late Show beginning in 2015. Colbert has written multiple New York Times Bestsellers, I AM AMERICA (And So Can You!) (2007) and AMERICA AGAIN: Re-Becoming The Greatness We Never Weren’t (2012). He also won a Grammy Award® in 2010 for his one-hour original musical holiday special, A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All! Mr. Colbert’s most recent appearance at the Kennedy Center Honors was during the 2011 tribute to Yo-Yo Ma.”