"Comedy Central is proud that the incredibly talented Stephen Colbert has been part of our family for nearly two decades."
The end date for the TV show "The Colbert Report" has finally been announced to fans. The long running Comedy Central show will air its final episode on December 18th of this year.
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Stephen Colbert is leaving his long running post to take over the 'The Late Show' from David Letterman in 2015. Colbert made the announcement on the Thursday, Oct. 30 show while urging viewers to buy the paperback version of his book "America Again." His new deal with CBS is for five years.
"Simply being a guest on David Letterman's show has been a highlight of my career," Colbert said in a statement. "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."
Letterman hasn't set a final date for his time to end on 'The Late Show,' but has stated that he will retire sometime in 2015. Meanwhile, Colbert says that he's going to be taking a vacation to Greece and celebrate.
Colbert has been the long running host of the show since 2004, and was a correspondent for 'The Daily Show' prior to obtaining his own show. Comedy Central released a statement thanking Colbert for all of his work with the network for almost two decades.
"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 when Colbert's new role was announced in April. "We look forward to the next eight months of the ground-breaking Colbert Report and wish Stephen the very best."
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Larry Wilmore is preparing to take over Colbert's old post-"Daily Show" spot with "The Minority Report," set to debut sometime in 2015.