Stephen Colbert Shaves His Beard in First ‘Late Show’ Promo

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Say goodbye to the “Colbeard.” In his first video to promote his new gig as host of “The Late Show,” Stephen Colbert shaves the beard he cultivated in his time off.

Since the end of “The Colbert Report” last December, Colbert’s salt-and-pepper beard has sparked opinionated discussions about its existence. In the video, Colbert jokes that it helps him look more incognito, and that with it, he “made the cover of Homeless Sea Captain Monthly.”

In preparing to take over “The Late Show” after David Letterman’s departure, Colbert says he needs to look like his old self again. “Now that we’re gearing up for the beginning of ‘The Late Show,’ I need to be more cognito. Plus, CBS is making me shave it off because Tom Selleck’s mustache has a non-compete clause.”

In the drawn-out process of becoming fresh-faced again, Colbert tries out facial hair styles including the “Un-Hitler,” the “Amish” and the “half-Wolverine.” Colbert also reminisces about his fond memories with his beard, including the time he bought his beard its own ice cream cone.

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” premieres September 8 on CBS.

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