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Goodbye, 'Colbert Report'! We'll meet again some sunny day

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To watch a truly satisfying finale is that rare thing, like getting to see Abraham Lincoln’s unicorn horn.

Our expectations as fans are often so high, it’s almost impossible to meet them. And it seemed like Stephen Colbert was winking at that idea in the final, go-big episode of The Colbert Report, which featured an all-star singalong to “We’ll Meet Again” that included (among many others) Henry Kissinger, an astronaut, Big Bird, Bill Clinton, and Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan (who was still chained up in Colbert’s basement after his own finale) before its host flew off in a sleigh with three beyond-your-wildest-dreams, not-quite-real guests: Santa, Unicorn Abraham Lincoln, and, er, Alex Trebek.

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Remembering Stephen Colbert's 6 most awkward in-character interviews

When Jennifer 8 Lee was prepping for her 2008 interview on The Colbert Report, she didn’t know what to expect. A friend who wrote for The Daily Show gave the author some good advice: Don’t try to out-funny Stephen Colbert; “just be calm and roll with the weirdness.”

Over the past nine years, Colbert—in character as a fact-free conservative pundit—has commanded a powerful perch at his round interview table, keeping guests off kilter four nights a week. In especially brilliant moments, he has asked tougher questions than real journalists. After all, Colbert’s the guy who asked Robert F. Kennedy Jr.—appearing on the show to discuss his 2006 Rolling Stone piece, “Was the 2004 Election Stolen?”—if it was easier for George W. Bush to steal the 2004 election, or for Kennedy’s uncle, John F. Kennedy, to steal the 1960 presidential election. Colbert also asked Zero Dark Thirty director Kathryn Bigelow if she believed that the CIA purposely misled her to make torture techniques seem worthwhile.

Truthiness be told, Colbert might be best remembered for the cringe-inducing awkwardness of so many of his Colbert Report interviews. He often seemed to delight in the moment when an unsuspecting interview subject would get a telltale look of cornered confusion. That confused, annoyed look was definitely more prevalent in the early Report years—but not exclusive to them. We’ve rounded up some of Colbert’s most awkward interviews for you to watch, squirm, and laugh through all over again. READ FULL STORY

Jon Stewart talks 'The Nightly Show,' Larry Wilmore, and giving a voice to underdogs

In EW’s Forecast issue, we profile Nightly Show host Larry Wilmore, who’s helming Comedy Central’s newest late-night series. The show premieres after The Daily Show on January 19—which happens to be Martin Luther King Day. (Wilmore told EW that he already has his first joke: “Yeah, I gotta work. I know!“)

It’s Jon Stewart, though, who actually came up with the concept for the show, with Wilmore in mind to host. “He pitched the idea of a show that would give a platform to underrepresented points of view and underrepresented voices, whether that’s African-Americans, women, first-generation Americans, any group that’s underrepresented,” remembers Comedy Central President Michele Gainless. We spoke with Stewart about his vision for The Nightly Show, and why there aren’t more diverse voices in late-night television. READ FULL STORY

'The Colbert Report' announces last show date

Stephen Colbert has announced the end date for The Colbert Report, as Colbert is set to take the reins of The Late Show on CBS.

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Stephen Colbert's 'Late Show' will stay in New York

Los Angeles may be the long-reigning entertainment hub, but New York’s getting a grip on the nation’s talk shows.

CBS’s Late Show will remain at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City, even as Stephen Colbert takes over hosting duties from David Letterman next year. The decision was announced Wednesday by network CEO Leslie Moonves and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. READ FULL STORY

Comedy Central names Stephen Colbert's replacement

The not-long wait is over: The post-Daily Show slot on Comedy Central that is being vacated by The Colbert Report will be filled by The Daily Show‘s Larry Wilmore, who has been named as host of The Minority Report With Larry Wilmore. READ FULL STORY

Conan O'Brien says Stephen Colbert is the 'right person' for 'Late Show' -- VIDEO

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Don’t feel bad for Conan O’Brien. Again.

The 50-year-old talk show host said he was never a contender to take over CBS’ the Late Show when David Letterman announced his retirement last week. The funnyman, who has hosted his talk show Conan on TBS since 2010, said he believes Stephen Colbert is the “right person” to take over the show from Letterman.

“I wasn’t up for it,” O’Brien said backstage Friday during a break from rehearsing for Sunday’s MTV Movie Awards, which he’s hosting for the first time. “I’m very happy where I am, but I love Stephen. I think Stephen is great. I’m a huge fan of his as a comic and as a human being. I think it’s fantastic. I’m really glad that he got the job. I look forward to seeing his show.” READ FULL STORY

CBS explains why they picked Colbert, confirms dropping conservative character

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Why Stephen Colbert? CBS’ Entertainment Chairman Nina Tassler spoke to EW.com about choosing the Comedy Central host to replace retiring Late Show icon David Letterman.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Why Colbert?
Nina Tassler
: He just is head and tails above everybody else and Dave is a very big seat to fill. We’re huge fans, he’s inspired and talented for all the obvious reasons.

I’ve heard you’ve had at least hypothetical conversations for awhile now running up to Letterman’s announcement. How long has this deal been in the works?
Tassler: During the last year of the extension we knew at some point Dave was going to retire. We’ve been planning. Obviously the world changed the day after his announcement. We pulled together our resources and put everything in motion.

What does this mean for Craig Ferguson?
Tassler: We’re big fans of Craig. We had an 11:30 issue. That was our first order of business.

Saying it’s the first order of business seems to suggest there’s a second order of business.
Tassler: Obviously, as much as we knew that this day would come with Dave, Craig is here and doing his show at 12:30 and we love having him there.

We’ve been hearing that Colbert will drop his conservative Colbert Report character, is that correct?
Tassler: Correct. READ FULL STORY

Stephen Colbert on #CancelColbert: 'We almost lost me' -- VIDEO

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Stephen Colbert used his entire Comedy Central show Monday to address an out-of-context tweet last week that kicked off the #CancelColbert campaign. Update: Watch video from the episode below.

The show started with a hilarious montage showing The Colbert Report shutting down, the lights going out, a flower wilting, scenes of the apocalypse, the famous crying Indian — all while Adagio for Strings played over the images. Then Colbert “woke up” from his bad dream and did his show.

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Best of 2013 (Behind the Scenes): Stephen Colbert on how he got 'lucky' with his celeb-studded Daft Punk dance video

Back in August, French electro-duo Daft Punk bailed last minute on a scheduled Colbert Report performance, citing a contractual obligation to MTV. But instead of scrambling like a headless chicken for a replacement act, Stephen Colbert jumped and danced for joy, literally. He and his writing team took the booking snafu as an opportunity to create an ecstatic music video set to Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky,” which featured a beaming Colbert dancing with various celebs (Bryan Cranston, Jeff Bridges, Hugh Laurie and others), crashing three other shows (Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, America’s Got Talent and Charlie Rose), and shocking exactly one political dignitary (Henry Kissinger).

“The universe conspired for us to have a show that seemed highly planned, but it was actually a series of extremely happy accidents,” Colbert says. Though the cancellation was a producer’s nightmare, he loved the challenge of figuring out how to fill Daft Punk’s place: “You do 1,300 shows, and anything different is like a holiday.” EW spoke with Stephen Colbert (decidedly out of character) about the logistical hurdle of filming guests in both New York and Washington D.C., as well as how The Big Lebowski and Michael Jackson served as inspiration. As for his thoughts on Daft Punk’s VMA performance? Colbert still hasn’t seen it. “I never watch the VMAs. I think I was probably helping my kids with their homework,” the comedian said. “I got nothing against the Daft Punkers, and they wrote me and said they really liked [the video], and I hope they did. I’d love to have them on.”

Click here for more of EW.com’s Best of 2013 coverage.

As told by: Stephen Colbert

The video itself came about starting three weeks before the show. We had already booked Daft Punk to come on the show, and we were pretty excited because they don’t do TV and they don’t talk. We thought “Oh great, they’ll come on and talk into a [fog] and this’ll be a real coup.” And then they said, “Well, they don’t wanna talk.” So I said, “Oh I can get around them not talking. We can figure out something.” And then the next week they called and said, “Oh, and they also don’t wanna do the song.” [Laughs]

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Stephen Colbert jokes about Pope at Catholic dinner. No one incensed. -- LISTEN

Not even the pope was immune Thursday night as Stephen Colbert cracked one-liners and took digs at luminaries from politics, finance and the media at a Roman Catholic charity dinner in New York City that’s perennially packed with big names.

Colbert, the satirical star of Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report, delivered his remarks at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner in the grand ballroom of the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in Manhattan, where he noted many great speakers — and probably a few bar mitzvah DJs — had appeared before him.

Over the course of 10 minutes, Colbert said New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s outfit of robes and cap made him look like a “flamboyant Zorro,” joked that former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger was dating a CNBC anchor, called Mayor Michael Bloomberg a “tiny man” and said the modest Pope Francis would’ve likely held the black-tie fundraiser at an iHop.

“I am proud to be America’s most famous Catholic,” Colbert declared, turning to Dolan, who was sitting next to him on a dais that included Gov. Andrew Cuomo, CBS anchor Scott Pelley and others. “And I’m sure the cardinal is thinking, ‘Stephen, pride is a sin.’ Well, cardinal, so is envy, so we’re even.” READ FULL STORY

Stephen Colbert on stealing 'Daily Show' Emmy: 'Jon Stewart's streak is not broken'

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart has won Outstanding Variety Series at the Emmys for 10 consecutive years, but the streak was broken Sunday night by a very personal foe: The Colbert Report. And, in the Emmy press room, Stephen Colbert had a tongue-in-cheek explanation for why his show triumphed this time.

“I’m grateful Jon took the summer off during the voting period,” he said of Stewart’s hiatus to film a movie this summer. “Not that John Oliver didn’t do the greatest job ever, but maybe that helped.”

In all seriousness, Colbert spoke earnestly about his time working with Stewart on The Daily Show and how Jon has influenced his career. “He invited us to have a passion and an opinion about what we were writing,” Colbert said. “And he wanted to make sure we had our own thoughts behind what we were saying. And it was from him that I actually learned how to write satirical comedy, which I had never really been a fan of. And he’s still there for me. I can call him anytime, to ask for ideas, to ask for moral support, or ask for the energy to keep doing 160 shows a year. And I’m the luckiest man in the world that he’s my lead-in and he’s the guy I can turn to for advice and for strength.”
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Paul McCartney to perform on special one-hour 'Colbert Report'

The Colbert Report will air a one-hour music special with Paul McCartney next Wednesday, June 12. In addition to his interview with Colbert, McCartney is set to perform songs from his Out There tour, Wings Over America, which has a 2013 reissue, and more. ‘I think this McCartney kid’s got something special and I’m gonna put him on the map!” said Colbert, in a press release.

This will be the first time McCartney has performed on the show but he first appeared on Colbert in early 2009. Click here to watch that appearance. (It does not disappoint).

McCartney will have to rest up after this performance, because he’s set to perform at Bonnaroo on June 14.

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