The last episode of the Colbert Report aired on December 18th, after almost a decade of the most successful satirical show on television. The actor and improvisor Stephen Colbert who plays the character Stephen Colbert recently signed a a 5 year deal with CBS to take over the Late Show from David Letterman.
David Letterman, who has been hosting the Late Show, which he created over 20 years ago is retiring in early 2015. After much speculation and careful consideration by CBS executives, Colbert was chosen to replace David Letterman. Colbert is retiring the show, but time will tell if the character will appear in the future.
The last show was a star studded affair with appearances by Micheal Stipe from REM, Bryan Cranston, Patrick Stewart, Elijah Wood, Jeff Daniels, Big Bird, Dolly Parton and others. James Franco, who has canceled many appearances lately was also on the show.
Many of these celebrities appeared as cameos while singing the song “We Will Meet Again” which began as a duet with his friend and “nemesis” Jon Stewart. Former president Bill Clinton also made an appearance, although he seemed to be tweeting from off set according to Tom Rothman.
Colbert ended the show in his typical over the top fashion by riding off into the sky and into in a sleigh with Santa, Alex Trebek and, Abraham Lincoln. His last words were true to his character “I’m getting angry at all these liberals”.