Stephen Colbert Teases Possible Return to Comedy Central in Cryptic Video

Stephen Colbert has teased a possible return to Comedy Central, almost six years after he departed the network to host The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on CBS.

The comedian and political commentator, 57, has a long history with Comedy Central, having made a name for himself as a correspondent on The Daily Show from 1997 until 2005 before hosting The Colbert Report between 2005 and 2014.

And Colbert shared a strong hint that he may soon be back in the network family, with the release of a teaser video, which was shared on Monday.

In the cryptic clip, which was reminiscent of a car commercial, Colbert was seen driving a black SUV over the border into South Carolina, where he grew up.

"Can you ever really go home again?" Colbert asked in a voiceover as the camera panned over tree-lined roads. "Or do you have to build your own home?"

A voice is then heard saying in response to the philosophical question: "We don't need things to go back to normal. We need a new normal."

In his signature comedic style, Colbert is then shown looking confused as he asks: "Where the hell am I?"

Winding down the window of the luxury vehicle, he shouts: "Excuse me! Is this the way to the highway?"

Wording displayed on the screen during the 30-second clip says that this fall Colbert would be coming "home to Comedy Central... If he can find us..."

No further information has been given about what the plans would be for Colbert, who also appeared on Comedy Central's Strangers with Candy.

Colbert, who succeeded David Letterman on his current late-night talk show, went back to having a live audience in June, after hosting without guests physically present from the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020.

After several months of hosting the program from his home before moving to a converted storage room at New York City's Ed Sullivan Theater, he welcomed a live audience to much fanfare.

"It's great to be back," Colbert told the audience, per Entertainment Tonight. "We never really left, but we certainly weren't here. This is a slightly different energy than the converted storage room eight floors above us, as beautiful as that was."

"I don't even know if I remember how to pander to the most beautiful crowd in the world," the told the audience of fully-vaccinated guests.

Last week, Colbert labeled former President Donald Trump's final days in office "the Turd Reich" during a monologue on the Late Show.

The host told viewers that a number of books were to be published about the 2020 election and the end of the Trump administration, joking: "We're learning a lot of new details about the last days in office of the former president—the Turd Reich."

"And the details are all coming from a slew of new deep-dive tell-all, muck slings and goss dish tea sloshers," he added.

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Stephen Colbert attends as ViacomCBS Inc. rings the opening bell at NASDAQ on December 5, 2019 in New York City. The star has teased that he may be returning to Comedy Central this fall. John Lamparski/Getty Images