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Stephen Colbert Gets Celebrity Send Off In "Colbert Report" Finale

Colbert's last words were true to his character: "I'm getting angry at liberals."

Posted on December 19, 2014, at 12:31 a.m. ET

The final episode of The Colbert Report aired Thursday night. "If you remember when this show began I promised you a revolution and I delivered," he said.

He continued, because "technically a revolution is 360 degrees right back to where we were." Colbert went on to list several world events — troops in Iraq, a possible Bush presidential candidacy (Jeb) — that resembled what was happening when the show began.
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He continued, because "technically a revolution is 360 degrees right back to where we were." Colbert went on to list several world events — troops in Iraq, a possible Bush presidential candidacy (Jeb) — that resembled what was happening when the show began.

The episode included references to "truthiness," Colbert's bucket list, and a segment in which Colbert thanked Prescott Pharmaceuticals, among many other things.

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The climax of the show came as Colbert and Jon Stewart began a duet of "We'll Meet Again."

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The duet soon transitioned in a mass celebrity cameo.

The crowd included Michael Stipe, Bryan Cranston, Ariana Huffington, Patrick Stewart, Elijah Wood, Jeff Daniels, and many many others, including:
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The crowd included Michael Stipe, Bryan Cranston, Ariana Huffington, Patrick Stewart, Elijah Wood, Jeff Daniels, and many many others, including:

James Franco (who has otherwise withdrawn from the spotlight over his film The Interview.)

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Cory Booker and George Lucas.

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And Bill Clinton, apparently texting.

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Moments later, an actual tweet from Clinton appeared online.

#Farewell @StephenAtHome...But I know we'll meet again some sunny day. Your friend, PrezBillyJeff

Bill Clinton@billclintonFollow

#Farewell @StephenAtHome...But I know we'll meet again some sunny day. Your friend, PrezBillyJeff

8:54 PM - 18 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Near the end of the show, Colbert rode off toward the moon with Santa Claus, Abraham Lincoln, and Alex Trebek.

"From eternity, I'm Stephen Colbert," he said before disappearing.
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"From eternity, I'm Stephen Colbert," he said before disappearing.

And finally, Colbert's last words were true to his character: "I'm getting angry at liberals."

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Colbert now heads to CBS, where he will take over for David Letterman.

Colbert signed a five-year contract with CBS in April.

"Simply being a guest on David Letterman's show has been a highlight of my career," Colbert said in a statement after the news was announced. "I never dreamed that I would follow in his footsteps, though everyone in late night follows Dave's lead … I'm thrilled and grateful that CBS chose me. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go grind a gap in my front teeth."

Watch the final segment of The Colbert Report:

Jaimie Etkin contributed to this report.

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