Stephen Colbert Goes Out With A Bang in Amazing Final Segment of ‘The Colbert Report’ (Video)

final-colbert-reportEver since it was announced that Stephen Colbert was leaving The Colbert Report to take over for David Letterman on CBS, I wondered what his last show was going to be like. How do you properly send off a show as unique as his? For nearly a decade, his show featured a man pretending to be another man who was essentially mocking another man – Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly.

While some might not consider him a comedic legend, I absolutely do. His show was unlike anything we had ever seen or will probably ever see again.

Well, after weeks of wondering, the night finally arrived. And I will say that it was possibly one of the best send-offs of any show that I’ve seen in a long time. The final moments entertained Colbert fans with one of the most impressive guest list of celebrities, politicians and other well-known individuals I’ve ever seen come together, singing “We’ll Meet Again.”

The list included such names as:

  • Jon Stewart
  • Bill Clinton
  • Mike Huckabee
  • Big Bird
  • Cory Booker
  • Bob Costas
  • Katie Couric
  • Bryan Cranston
  • Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Mark Cuban
  • Jeff Daniels
  • Toby Keith
  • Willie Nelson
  • Henry Kissinger
  • Arianna Huffington
  • George Lucas
  • Grover Norquist
  • Keith Olbermann

To just name a few. The final few minutes of The Colbert Report were literally out of this world. No, seriously. It even featured an astronaut singing the song in the International Space Station.

Though I will say I was really hoping for a Bill O’Reilly cameo. I knew it would be a long shot, and while I absolutely loved the way Colbert sent his show off, an appearance from “Papa Bear” himself would have been quite fitting.

But as much as I enjoyed Colbert’s final episode, it’s really sad to see him go. I know he’s taking over for David Letterman on The Late Show so we’ll still see Stephen Colbert (with a “t”), but it’s just not going to be the same.

And while I’m sure Larry Wilmore is excited to launch the show next month that’s going to take over Colbert’s time slot, The Minority Report with Larry Wilmore, his show will never be able to fully replace The Colbert Report. 

So while I wish Wilmore all the luck in the world, and I’m really genuinely looking forward to seeing how his show does, I don’t envy him for having to replace the massive hole left by Colbert’s departure.

But to Stephen Colbert, a man who made most of us laugh for so many years via one of the most over the top and ridiculous characters to ever mock news anchors everywhere (especially “Papa Bear” Bill O’Reilly), all I have to say is…

Thank You.

Watch Colbert’s amazing final segment below via Comedy Central:

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • sherrie allen

    is it wrong that i cried?

  • TheOneWhoNocks

    They changed the title of Larry Wilmore’s show. Either that, or ‘Minority Report’ was always just a joke. It’s now called ‘The Nightly Show’.

  • Jim Bean

    I find it worrisome that so many Liberals are relying so heavily on comedians for their current affairs news.

    • Jillz

      You should find it more worrisome that the comedy news shows provide more REAL news than the MAIN ‘news’ source of most conservatives.

      • Paul McGreevy


      • Jim Bean

        You are being redundant. The comedy news shows have already reported that.

      • Jillz

        I’m sorry, I don’t understand what you mean. Already reported what?

      • Jim Bean

        The comedy shows have already declared that they provide more real news than the main news sources conservatives rely upon.

        Consequently, it becomes gospel and does not need repeated.

      • Jillz

        Oh, ok, I see what you’re saying. I honestly don’t remember if I heard that on either The Daily Show or The Colbert Report, though it wouldn’t surprise me if they did say it b/c it’s kind of their schtick. They make fun of things in the news and you gotta admit that it’s pretty funny that the comedy shows have more real news than the real news shows!

      • Jillz

        @JimBean – so, I was catching up on some Colbert (On Demand) last night and wanted to let you know that I finally saw the episode you mentioned (where it was “reported” [spectacularly, by the President of the United States!!!} that FOX was fake news! I thought of you, and this discussion thread right away.

        I’ve been waiting to find the time to watch that episode and (aside from his comments on the Keystone Pipeline, for which I think he used the wrong argument) ((but understandable since he was pandering to the younger, Liberal, Colbert audience)) it was well worth the wait!

        I just wanted to let you know that I finally saw it since I denied seeing it yesterday.

      • Jim Bean

        That’s scary. I just made it up based on a ‘best guess’ hunch on what Liberals would like to hear and, therefore, what their mentors would be likely say to them.

      • Jillz

        Hahahaha!!!! 🙂

        All said though, and regardless of where it came from, it can’t be said enough: FOX News = fake news.

      • Jim Bean

        At this moment on the Fox News website front page, are at least twenty headline stories. My challenge to you is to skip on over there right now and then come back and identify three stories that can proven non-credible. You have thirty minutes.

      • Jillz

        I’ve started to reply a couple of times and it disappeared, so sorry if there are multiple posts showing.

        Jim, I don’t need to waste my evening poring over news articles to prove this point – it’s the FOX News hosts who are most successfully spreading the misinformation by disguising their opinions as news. I would guess that most FOX News viewers don’t read the articles.

        That said, I did reluctantly venture over to the website and checked their headlines and a few of the stories. It’s a bad day for trying to catch them in a lie of some sort though, because I don’t there are any ‘scandals’ at the moment, so nothing to misinform about The few stories I checked were interesting enough, though anything that mentioned Obama came with an expected (sometimes even subtle) anti-Obama spin.

    • Cemetery Girl

      It is comedy, it satires current events. I know the approach is very similar to some actual news channels and how they handle journalism, but Colbert and Daily Show have been satire. But they both have been fairly good about mocking left and right. (Yes, stupidity on the left is mocked also.) Does the number of influential people (both left and right) that have been guests on these shows and discussed current events also alarm you?

      • Jim Bean

        You are always a breath of fresh air. You bring reason and objectivity to an otherwise barren landscape.

        You are absolutely correct, they DO mock both the Left and Right. For some strange reason, the Left’s DVR’s only work on the nights they mock the Right.

        My comment was born of the fact that Forward Progressives and MMfa so often cite something from one of Colbert’s or Stewarts skits and the voice of authority on political issues.

      • Cemetery Girl

        I never took it as a voice of authority, but more of a “hey look at this”. Still, any holding of Stewart and Colbert as political authorities to some of the left would not be anymore strange than Beck and O’Reilly being held as political authorities. Yet, I haven’t run across people that will say “[Insert political figure or event] is [good, dangerous, insert opinion] because Jon Stewart said…” or “[Insert view of what is happening in the world], if you would read Colbert’s book you would know!” Maybe I just haven’t talked to the right masses, but I haven’t had that happen. Yet I have talked to multiple people (in person, either family or friends of friends) that will argue that their very conservative opinions are based and backed by Beck or O’Reilly. I have no problem with people I know having conservative views, I am good friends with a few conservative and they are well aware that I am a staunch progressive. I actually enjoy discussion with others of differing views as long as they have something more to bring to the table than “this figure says to think this way”. Otherwise, I enjoy discussion, even if it becomes passionate, if all parties can learn something. The best discussions people can share differing views and still walk away on good terms and understanding each other a little better.

      • Jim Bean

        You are not nearly as Progressive as you think. You would be tossed out of most Progressive circles unless you bit your tongue and remained silent.

        I would suggest for your contemplation that O’Reilly, et al are students of political science and their careers depend upon consistently making rational assessments. Stewart et’al are students of comedy and casual observers of all things social and political. They careers depend on being funny and they are not judged on the veracity of their dalliances politics as long they don’t offend the Left.

      • Cemetery Girl

        Oh no, I am progressive. I am not registered with any political party, but side more Democrat. My ideal Presidential candidate would be a modern Teddy Roosevelt Bull Moose. Provide a modern Bull Moose Progressive party and I would sign up. Despite TR having been a Republican, his stances and actions would have him run out of the party today. (Truth be told, the party wasn’t even all that crazy about him then.) I don’t favor his foreign policies (I’m more of an isolationist), but I admire many of his domestic views. I consider his Bull Moose platform to have been an amazing social stance ahead of its time. Hard to say what he could have accomplished if he hadn’t shot himself in the foot by stating he wouldn’t pursue more than 2 terms.

  • Cemetery Girl

    I have wondered if the reason that conservatives (particularly older ones) mock The Daily Show and Colbert Report and lament that people are getting their news from comedy is because it creates awareness in younger people (who are more likely to identify as liberal)? It is very easy to say that young people should have no say or opinion on current events if they can identify a picture of a Kardasain but not our Vice President. These shows make teenagers and college students aware of national and global leaders, foreign conflicts, political matters. Even if not all of the viewers ever go on to research a single current event, they have a level of awareness. More frightening, there are young people that end up actually go on to read actual articles on current events. It is so much harder to scoff at people 17-22 having views on politics and world events if they actually have some understanding of them. You can’t take a “let the grown ups deal with this attitude” if the young people are informed. These shows, using satire, introduce current events to a demographic that really isn’t interested in kicking back and watching a 24-hour news channel. Not wanting to become aware of current events in the same manner as people a generation or two (or three) older than you doesn’t change the importance of being aware. Perhaps that’s the reason that these shows are belittled. Not because they’re satire (which is a comedic form that had been around a long time), but because they urge younger people to pay attention and get involved.

    • Jillz

      That’s a really perceptive analysis in my opinion, but I think it’s actually much simpler and based more on Conservatives placing literal value on everything.

      FOX puts the word “news” after it’s name, and Conservatives believe it’s news. They also can’t seem to grasp the concept that the word “theory” means something entirely different when used regarding a scientific finding, b/c it contradicts their literal understanding of what the word “theory” means.

      So, since The Daily Show and Colbert Report both appear on The Comedy network, Conservatives must believe that it is laughable just because the word “comedy” is involved.

      • Cemetery Girl

        True, Daily Show and Colbert Report (especially that one), the audience is in on the joke.

  • ScoBot

    I kept watching all the camera changes with another HUGE GROUP of “STARS”, then cuts to pre-recorded clips of Presidents and Astronauts on Stephen Colbert Space Treadmills . . .
    IT WAS TIRING watching all that !! LOL! He deserves it, tho. Whatta run, eh? Can’t wait to see the new The Late Show With David Letterman but WITHOUT David Letterman ! Ought to be a HOOT!

  • “We’ll Meet Again”. Wasn’t that the song in Dr. Strangelove when the bombs went off?

    • ScoBot

      Closing “credits”, yes.