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Stephen Colbert hosts his last show on ‘The Colbert Report’

Posted at 10:01 PM, Dec 18, 2014
and last updated 2014-12-18 22:38:23-05

NEW YORK (AP) — Colbert Nation will be leaderless after tonight.

After nine years, Stephen Colbert is leaving "The Colbert Report."

He is retiring the Comedy Central satirical-news show along with the mythical character who served as host — a pompous, conservative scold who shares his name.

His next step: playing himself as the new host of CBS' "Late Show" replacing David Letterman, who exits next May.