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Watch Stephen Colbert's Star-Studded Sendoff

by Photo of Ross Bernhardt

Jon Stewart and a cavalcade of former guests sang “We’ll Meet Again” with Colbert on his final show.

Last night, America lost one of the greatest characters in television history: Stephen Colbert. The final episode of The Colbert Report aired and gave us one more night with the man that embodies truthiness like no other. The episode took a few twists and turns, like Colbert killing his final guest Grimmie (his old pal Death) before the final segment of "Cheating Death", making him immortal. Colbert also signed off the show in the back of Santa's sleigh with Alex Trebek and Abraham Lincoln, and he sent it back to Jon Stewart at his Daily Show desk. It was a terrific ending, treating the entire existence of The Colbert Report like one long, nine-year remote segment that wrapped up with a delightful Moment of Zen between the two hosts from 2010.

But the most fitting moment of all was the star-studded performance of the classic standard "We'll Meet Again" by Colbert and dozens of his former guests. Jon Stewart was the first to join, along with Randy Newman, Bryan Cranston, Willie Nelson, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Big Bird, Jeff Daniels, Toby Keith, Cyndi Lauper, James Franco, Bill Clinton (via video tweet), Ken Burns, Michael Stipe, Charlie Rose, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Barry Manilow, Jeff Tweedy, Patrick Stewart, Andy Cohen, David Gregory, George Lucas, Alan Alda, Alexi Lalas, Henry Kissinger, Bob Costas, Elijah Wood, Tim Meadows, Vince Gilligan (still chained up in the basement writing another season of Breaking Bad), Mark Cuban, veterans in the studio and soldiers currently in Afghanistan, the entire studio audience, and countless more that I'm forgetting or didn't recognize. While we likely won't see Stephen in this form again, we will get to know him all over again when he takes over as host of Late Show next year.

Watch Stephen Colbert's Star-Studded Sendoff

Watch his final sign off below, and let's all remember the fun times we had with the one and only Stephen Colbert.

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