The sexiest television moment of 2021 has finally arrived, and it took place on Global‘s “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”.

That’s because Tuesday’s edition of the late-night talk show revealed the identity of People‘s Sexiest Man Alive for 2021: Paul Rudd.

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Prior to the big reveal, Colbert served up a bit of bait and switch by having Rudd appeared in a hilarious sketch, in which he interviewed for the position.

However, Colbert then unbaited his switch to reveal that Rudd actually is the new Sexiest Man Alive, for real.

People confirmed Colbert’s big reveal via social media.

Meanwhile, on Monday’s show, Colbert addressed widespread reports that “Avengers” star Chris Evans was a lock for this year’s Sexiest Man Alive, admitting he was legally “unable to confirm or deny Chris Evans sexiness.”

Check out how some of Rudd’s celebrity pals, co-stars and admirers – including Seth Rogen, Mark Ruffalo and more — responded to his new Sexiest title.

“The Late Show” airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. on Global.

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