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