The finale of The Colbert Report aired just before the Christmas break, on Thursday 18th December.
One of the highlights of the last show was a huge singalong of We’ll Meet Again featuring many famous faces including including Jon Stewart, Randy Newman, Bryan Cranston, Willie Nelson, Yo Yo Ma, Mandy Patinkin, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Tom Brokaw, David Gregory, J.J. Abrams, Big Bird, Gloria Steinem, Ken Burns, James Franco, Barry Manilow, Bob Costas, Jeff Daniels, Sam Waterston, Bill de Blasio, Katie Couric, Patrick Stewart, George Lucas, Henry Kissinger, Cookie Monster, Alan Alda, Eliot Spitzer, Vince Gilligan and Jimmy Wales.
The end to the programme saw Colbert pass back to Jon Stewart at The Daily Show, suggesting the whole of The Colbert Report was just an extended report for The Daily Show.
The series finale was watched by 2.481 million viewers – the most number of viewers The Colbert Report has ever received in its history. This beat The Daily Show’s ratings for that night which received 2.032 million viewers.
The Colbert Report ran for 1447 episodes since its premiere on the 17th October 2005.
The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore (formerly known as The Minority Report) will premiere in The Colbert Report’s timeslot from the 19th January 2015: