Stephen Colbert’s ‘Late Show’ to Become First Late-Night Show to Return With Full, Vaccinated Audience

Colbert will be back in the Ed Sullivan Theater with a crowd June 14

Jennifer Maas

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert airing tonight, Monday, July 11, 2016, including guests Bryan Cranston, Busy Phillips, and musical performance by Blink-182 taping in New York. Photo: Timothy Kuratek/CBS ©2016CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved

“The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” will return to the The Ed Sullivan Theater on June 14 with a full, vaccinated audience, the CBS late-night show revealed Monday. This makes the “Late Show” the first network late-night show to not just make the move back to its home studio, but also with a complete crowd.

Per CBS, “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.”

“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, who has been remotely shooting what he and CBS dub “A Late Show” from his home for the past year, said. “I look forward to once again doing shows for an audience I can smell and touch.”

According to CBS: The plan to return to the theater is consistent with New York State’s adoption of the CDC guidelines for fully vaccinated individuals and has been reviewed by the State. Guests will be required to show proof of being fully vaccinated prior to entering. Face masks will be optional. All staff and crew members will continue to be tested prior to commencing work on a regular basis, as well as screened daily for symptoms. In addition, a COVID-19 compliance officer will be on staff to monitor and enforce all health and safety COVID-19 protocols.

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