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Stephen Colbert attends The Museum of Modern Art Film Benefit tribute to Tom Hanks on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Stephen Colbert was tapped to host the 2017 Emmys


Stephen Colbert was tapped to host the 2017 Emmys, CBS announced Monday. 

“This will be the largest audience to witness an Emmys, period,” Colbert said in a release, poking fun at the Trump administration's claims about turnout for the inauguration. “Both in person and around the globe.”

This likely signals there will be more where this came from. 

This will be "The Late Show" host's first time hosting the Emmys. 

“Stephen is the ultimate master of ceremonies with award-winning creative talents, and as we’ve seen the past few months, he has a fearless passion for live television," said Jack Sussman, executive vice president, specials, music and live events, CBS Entertainment. "We look forward to honoring television’s best while entertaining audiences with the creative energy and sharp comedy of Stephen Colbert.”

Colbert recently hosted the 39th annual Kennedy Center Honors on CBS and “Stephen Colbert’s Live Election Night Democracy’s Series Finale: Who’s Going to Clean Up This Sh*t?” on SHOWTIME.

Longtime fans of Colbert are likely wondering if the Emmys will be similar to his 2006 roast of President George W. Bush at the White House Correspondents Dinner.

Stephen Colbert Roasts Bush at 2006 White House Correspondents Dinner

Nominations for the 69th Emmy Awards will be announced on July 13. The show will air Sunday, Sept. 17 on CBS. 

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