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Stephen Colbert's Final 'The Colbert Report' Goodbye Makes Us Laugh & Cry

Stephen Colbert takes a little nap before saying goodbye one last time during the series finale of The Colbert Report on Thursday evening (December 19).

The 50-year-old television host left his show at Comedy Central to host The Late Show when David Letterman leaves in May.

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Stephen didn’t do his final show alone, though, he was joined by a bunch of celebrity guests including James Franco, Bryan Cranston, Bill Clinton, Pharrell, Willie Nelson, Elijah Wood, J.J. Abrams, Tim Meadows, and even Jeopardy host Alex Trebek.

Watch his last goodbye below!

Stephen’s Epic Sign Off

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Super Fan Stephen Colbert Dresses Up as 'The Hobbit' Characters on 3 Magazine Covers!

Stephen Colbert is all dressed up as his favorite The Hobbit characters on the cover of EW magazine’s latest issue.

The 50-year-old talk show host wore Bilbo, Legolas, and Gandalf costumes for the covers – if you didn’t know, Stephen is a huge super fan of the J.R.R. Tolkien series.

Tolkien’s work has been a lifelong haven for me—truly a light in dark places when all other lights went out,” Stephen wrote in an excerpt for the mag. “For an awkward teenager, Middle-earth was a world I could escape to. Peter Jackson’s Middle-earth also gave me a world to escape to, but by the time his films came out, I was rich and famous and didn’t really want to escape my life anymore. Still, great movies.”

In fact, Stephen has schooled James Franco on his talk show The Colbert Report on Tolkien knowledge – watch below!

Stephen Colbert Proves His Knowledge

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'Colbert Report' Final Shows Will Feature Obama Appearance!

Stephen Colbert just scored a major get for one of his final shows as host of The Colbert Report… he will be interviewing President Barack Obama!

The special episode will be filming at George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium on Monday, December 8 and air later that night on Comedy Central.

The episode has received the title of “Stephen Colbert Presents: Mr. Colbert Goes to Washington D.C. Ya Later, Legislator: Partisan is Such Sweet Sorrow: A Colbert Victory Lap, ‘014.”

The final Colbert Report episode will air on December 18.

Stephen Colbert Announces Obama as His Guest

Stephen Colbert Responds to Gwen Stefani's Emmys Flub

Stephen Colbert doesn’t seem slightly offended after Gwen Stefani flubbed his name at the 2014 Emmy Awards!

“[She's] evidently not a huge fan of the show,” the 50-year-old TV host shared to ET with a smile. “But I’m a huge fan of hers. I want to get her abs. That’s what I aspire to.”

In case you missed it, watch the video below of Gwen mispronouncing Stephen‘s last name while presenting him an award for Outstanding Variety Series for his work on The Colbert Report.

Also pictured: Gwen keeping her head down while heading to an acupuncture clinic before the Emmys on Monday (August 25) in Los Angeles.

Gwen Stefani Flubbing Stephen Colbert’s name

FYI: Gwen is wearing Italia Independent sunglasses in the candids.

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David Letterman on Stephen Colbert's 'Late Show' Takeover: 'I'm Very Excited for Him!'

Current The Late Show host David Letterman has released a statement about his successor Stephen Colbert.

Stephen has always been a real friend to me. I’m very excited for him, and I’m flattered that CBS chose him. I also happen to know they wanted another guy with glasses,” the 66-year-old television personality said in a statement.

Stephen was just announced as the successor to the Late Night show after David Letterman announced his retirement in 2015.

No date for the takeover has been officially set by CBS – stay tuned!

WILL YOU WATCH the Late Show when Stephen Colbert takes over??

Comedy Central Wishes 'Incredibly Talented' Stephen Colbert the Best for His 'Late Show' Takeover!

Comedy Central has released a statement to show their support for their longtime host Stephen Colbert, who was just announced as David Letterman‘s replacement on The Late Show!

“Comedy Central is proud that the incredibly talented Stephen Colbert has been part of our family for nearly two decades,” the network said in a statement. “We look forward to the next eight months of the ground-breaking Colbert Report and wish Stephen the very best.”

Stephen will take over for David as The Late Show host when he retires from the show in 2015.

The Colbert Report has been on the air since 2005.

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