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By Nate Smith     Oct 31, 2014 in Entertainment
Popular Comedy Central late night host Stephen Colbert announced Thursday the date of his final episode for the network.
Colbert retires his conservative talking-head character Thursday, Dec. 18.
The announcement comes as Colbert prepares to assume the reigns of "The Late Show," taking over for outgoing host David Letterman later this year.
Colbert weaved word of his final show into a pitch for his latest book, “America Again: Re-becoming the Greatness We Never Weren’t.”
“Stephen Colbert, the guy you’ve seen here every night for nine years, will be gone. And all you’ll have left of me is this book," the host said into the camera during his show as he brandished a copy of the book.
"So pick up America Again in paperback for a loved one. Or for a hated one. Go to your local independent book store, because I have a longtime war against Amazon, and I will never relent. Or — buy it on Amazon, because, you know, just buy it."
Letterman hasn't yet announced when he intends to sign off for a final time. Colbert is widely expected to take over some time next year.
That 11:30 p.m., eastern time slot won't be without political satire, however, in Colbert's absence.
Long-time "Daily Show with Jon Stewart" contributor Larry Wilmore is set to debut his new show "Minority Report" in place of the Colbert Report.
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