Bryan Cranston, James Franco and More Say Goodbye to ‘The Colbert Report’
Stephen Colbert closed out nine years of his nightly The Colbert Report show on Thursday with a star-studded finale.
After welcoming regular guest Grimmy, aka the Grim Reaper, and killing him off to obtain immortality, singer/songwriter Randy Newman led a celebrity-packed singalong.
Bryan Cranston, Willie Nelson, Mandy Patinkin, Cyndi Lauper, Patrick Stewart, Barry Manilow, George Lucas, Sesame Street‘s Big Bird, James Franco and former R.E.M. star Michael Stipe were among the eclectic mix of stars crooning We’ll Meet Again, while Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan, moviemaker J.J. Abrams and former President Bill Clinton joined in the fun via video.
The series ended with Colbert joining fellow ‘immortals’ Santa Claus, Abraham Lincoln and game show host Alex Trebek on the studio roof.
The host then hopped on a Santa sleigh and flew off into the night.
Colbert will replace David Letterman as host of The Late Show next year.
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