Stephen Colbert moves 'The Late Show' out of his house but not back into the Ed Sullivan Theater studio

On Monday, The Late Show With Stephen Colbert returned to the Ed Sullivan Theater. In March, due to the outbreak of COVID-19, Colbert was forced to vacate the studio and shoot remotely from home. But while he was glad to be back in the building, he didn’t make it all the way back to the studio.

“I’m back in New York City,” said Colbert during the opening monologue. “Here in the Ed Sullivan Theater…’s office building.”

Instead of shooting in the main studio, production built a smaller set in one of the studio offices. The new set is a replica of Colbert’s actual office in the building.

While Colbert was ecstatic about reuniting with his crew, he couldn’t help but feel a little nostalgic thinking about the past five months of production, of which he had to rely heavily on his family.

With his wife and kids just off camera, Colbert said, “I want to thank my wife and kids again for everything they did to help produce the show while I was home. I just want to say that over the past five months, you’ve all become like a family to me.”

The Late Show With Stephen Colbert airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. on CBS.

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