Stephen Colbert Gets Massive Send-Off

Santa Claus, not Death, takes him away
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 19, 2014 3:30 AM CST
Updated Dec 19, 2014 7:45 AM CST

Think of any celebrity and there's a pretty good chance they dropped in on Stephen Colbert's send-off from The Colbert Report last night. The dozens of guests included Cyndi Lauper, Jeff Daniels, Katie Couric, Michael Stipe, George Lucas, Henry Kissinger, Big Bird, and even Mike Huckabee, reports Mediaite. Jon Stewart joined Colbert as he sang "We'll Meet Again," with Randy Newman on piano. Bill Clinton appeared in a pre-taped clip, but although the last guest on the list released before the show was the Grim Reaper, "Grimmy" didn't kill off the Stephen Colbert character after all—instead, Colbert killed him, becoming immortal in the process.

The show's nine-season run finished with Santa Claus arriving in a sleigh to take away Colbert, accompanied by Alex Trebek and a unicorn-horned Abraham Lincoln, reports ABC. When Colbert asked Trebek what they would do, the Jeopardy! host responded, "All of life's important answers must be in the form of a question." "So I guess I'll be gone forever?" asked Colbert. "No, Stephen. We'll always be there for the American people, whenever they need us the most," said Trebek. "Aren't you Canadian?" "I've had dual citizenship since 1998." "That's not the same." Colbert—as himself, not his show's Stephen Colbert character—will become host of The Late Show when David Letterman steps down in September next year. (More Stephen Colbert stories.)

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