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Stephen Colbert sets date for final episode of The Colbert Report

on October 31, 2014, 9:12am

Next year, Stephen Colbert will take over as host of the Late Show on CBS. With the new gig, however, comes the end of Colbert’s long-running Comedy Central program, The Colbert Report. On last night’s episode, Colbert announced the date of the show’s final episode: Thursday, December 18th.

The announcement was cleverly worked into a pitch for the paperback edition of Colbert’s latest book, America Again: Re-becoming the Greatness We Never Weren’t. “There’s an even more important reason for you to buy my book,” Colbert explained, “because on December 18th my show is ending.”

(Read: 10 Bandleaders for Stephen Colbert’s Late Show)

Colbert continued. “After long nine years, I’m taking a well earned vacation — though, I’m not sure where yet.” He then cut to his travel agent, “Grimmy,” who pointed to Colbert’s fire place, alluding to the fact that Colbert’s conservative-leaning character would end along with the show. Watch the segment below.

Colbert has yet to announce the exact date he’ll be taking over for David Letterman on the Late Show. Meanwhile, Comedy Central plans to replace Colbert with The Minority Report with Larry Wilmore.

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