Stephen Colbert is bringing back his live audience
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Stephen ColbertStephen Tyrone ColbertColbert: Trump era 'almost like a spell was being cast' on the American people Charlamagne Tha God to host late-night Comedy Central show Late-night show hosts slam Tennessee's vaccine policies MORE is getting his audience back — a vaccinated crowd will return to their seats at a "Late Show" taping for the first time in more than a year amid the coronavirus pandemic.

"After more than a year and 205 episodes produced without a live audience, 'The Late Show' is looking forward to safely welcoming fans back to The Ed Sullivan, which features the largest studio audience of any late night or sketch comedy series," CBS announced Monday.

A "full, vaccinated audience" will be back for Colbert's show beginning June 14, the network said.


The CBS funnyman's Broadway studio shuttered its doors in March of last year as COVID-19 forced closures in New York City and around the world. Colbert, 57, had filmed his show remotely, before returning to his studio and hosting to an audience filled with just a few members of his staff.

“Over the last 437 days, my staff and crew (and family!) have amazed me with their professionalism and creativity as we made shows for an audience we couldn’t see or hear,” Colbert said in a statement. “I look forward to once again doing shows for an audience I can smell and touch.”

NBC's "The Tonight Show" has welcomed some studio audience members since March, while ABC didn't get back to ITK about any plans for its "Jimmy KimmelJames (Jimmy) Christian KimmelMegan Fox: Critics who bashed Trump 'legend' remark have a 'burn a witch at the stake mentality' Trump is gone, but the jokes remain James Corden to change popular segment after backlash MORE Live!" to return to the crowd levels synonymous with late-night TV shows. Kimmel said earlier this month that he was "hoping" that June 15 would be his show's "get-back-to-really-normal-date" by including an audience.

Last week, Colbert welcomed his first in-studio guest in 14 months — actor John Krasinski appeared in the flesh, rather than via a remote interview, on the program.

CBS said that its plan to include a full audience is "consistent with New York State’s adoption of the [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] CDC guidelines for fully vaccinated individuals and has been reviewed by the State."

Guests at the theater will be required to show proof of vaccination and face masks will be optional, CBS said.