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Colbert Report Signs Off

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By Fred Arnold

The Colbert Report came to an end December 17, 2014.

Wait… What?

Yes, The Colbert Report has ended!

In a stunning move that had fans reeling, Colbert announced his moving-on late last year.

“It’s because there’s nothing left to accomplish,” Stephen Colbert told The Daily Show’s John Stewart. “Stephen Colbert has already won TV,” he said in his arrogant tone that set his character apart from all the others.

The show’s iconic theme song with patriotic connoisseur in elegant suit and tie grabbing the American flag to dive through open air only to land upon a platform fit for the President of the United States, to many, will live on in their memories. In times of legislative gridlock between Democrats and Republicans – where Fox and CNN and MSNBC lamented in constant arguments over pettiness – Colbert was there to tell the truth.

When the GOP shut down the government – Colbert was there.

When the U.S exploded over Ferguson – Colbert was there.

When immigration fired up debate – Colbert was there.

Colbert was there – for you – for the poor and middle class citizen who needed an opinion that did not spew hate. An opinion that came with comedic relief – remember – he was there.

But now, he has moved on. Stephen Colbert is taking over as the host for The Late Show on CBS. This was announced just after Dave Letterman announced he would retire. Colbert’s official start date as host for The Late Show is listed as Sept. 8. So what will be in store for 2015?

Comedy Central will launch its new show to replace the Colbert Report called The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, a consistent guest to The Colbert Report. His success as an author, co-creator of The Bernie Mac Show, and The PJs has the network excited.

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“I’m beyond excited to have this chance to continue my relationships with Comedy Central and the brilliant Jon Stewart,” Wilmore said. “I love the city of New York and promise to only wear my Laker T-Shirts when I’m layering.”

With such talent coming to the Comedy Central news forum, will the avid fans of Colbert find closure?

If you missed it, you can watch Colbert’s final episode on Comedy Central’s website. You can also take a look back at the last 11 seasons.

Read more from Fred Arnold, click here.​

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