We'll Meet Again, Stephen Colbert: Five Epic Finale Moments
Did anyone else expect Bill Clinton to show up on last night’s episode of the Colbert Report? Neither did we.
"Now folks, if this is your first time tuning into The Colbert Report, I have some terrible news." In April it was announced that Stephen Colbert would be replacing David Letterman as host of the Late Show, leaving behind his nine-year reign of success at Comedy Central. Though the comic icon is joining forces with CBS, he will not say goodbye to the network where it all started for the "Colbert Nation" — rather, "we’ll meet again." Literal hordes of former guests joined Colbert on (and off) stage to wrap up the show’s epic finale in style.
Check out the five most epic moments of the most epic finale ever in epic finale history:
1. When John Stewart, Colbert’s long time friend and network colleague, came out of a corner on stage to join Colbert in singing, "We’ll meet again," with Randy Newman on piano. Randy Newman!? Is that you!?
2. On other parts of the stage, groups of guests appeared including Bryan Cranston, James Franco, Katie Couric, Barry Manilow and even Big Bird — when the screen cuts to Bill Clinton tweeting and reciting the lines, "But I know we’ll meet again, some sunny day."
3. US and Coalition forces in Afghanistan joined the sing-a-long, holding farewell signs for Colbert.
4.What? Is that a spaceship? They got an astronaut to sing from an actual spaceship while running on a treadmill. Does it get any more epic?
5. And finally, to sum up the show’s swarm of guests, the screen cuts to Stephen yelling from a rooftop, "what do I do now?" when Santa Claus shows up on a sleigh with Abe Lincoln riding shotty and Jeopardy‘s Alex Trebek in the backseat — who asks Colbert to join them. You’ve officially done it all, Stephen Colbert.
Other (casual) guests included Mayor Bill De Blasio, former mayor Eliot Spitzer, George Lucas, Willie Nelson, Henry Kissinger, Jonathan Batiste, and the list keeps going.