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The 23 Most Important Moments Of "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert"

JON STEWART ALERT.

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1. The intro featured a stirring rendition of Stephen singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" next to a sad-looking umpire...

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2. ...who was secretly JON STEWART IN DISGUISE.

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3. Then Stephen did this high kick with Jon Batiste during the opening number.

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4. And this perfect, adorable spin.

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5. And then gave this grin like, "Can you believe it, guys? Here we are."

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6. Also, the opening sequence is sick.

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7. Almost as sick as the opening monologue.

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8. And the night began with a touching tribute to David Letterman.

"So just for the record, I am not replacing David Letterman... We will try to honor his achievement by doing the best show we can, and occasionally making the network very mad at us."
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"So just for the record, I am not replacing David Letterman... We will try to honor his achievement by doing the best show we can, and occasionally making the network very mad at us."

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9. And we got to see Stephen behind HIS BRAND-NEW DESK, YAAASS!

A sight we so missed.
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A sight we so missed.

10. Jimmy Fallon wished him luck from all the way over at NBC.

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11. And we got to see some of the cool set decorations, like Stephen's Captain America shield, and the pennant his mother got when she attended Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech in 1968.

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12. Then Stephen ate a bunch of Oreos in the name of pointing out all the wild things Donald Trump has said throughout his presidential campaign.

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13. And George Clooney helped him clean up.

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14. Right after Stephen jabbed him about what he was wearing.

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15. Seriously, such great jabs.

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16. And, in perhaps the most important moment of the evening, Stephen called George Clooney "arm candy." 💪🍭

Because come on, when you're married to Amal, what else could you possibly be?
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Because come on, when you're married to Amal, what else could you possibly be?

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17. And gave him a truly wonderful belated wedding gift.

Yes, it's a paper weight that says "I don't know you." So sweet.
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Yes, it's a paper weight that says "I don't know you." So sweet.

18. Then we got a sneak peek of George's new, entirely fake movie.

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Because he just came on to see Stephen, he wasn't promoting anything. <3

19. And it actually looked pretty good — can we get some kind of Decision Strike movie soon?

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20. Jeb Bush was so close to getting them to clap.

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21. And Mavis Staples ended the evening's guest roster.

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22. Then Jimmy and Stephen actually did meet up in the locker room later on.

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23. And Jon Stewart helped his old friend close out the first episode of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.

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