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The last episode of The Colbert Report will air in December

Mark your calendars and get ready to set your DVRs: The last episode of The Colbert Report will air Thursday, Dec. 18.

Host Stephen Colbert announced the finale date during Thursday night's show. He also didn't miss the opportunity to plug the paperback release of his book America Again: Re-becoming the Greatness We Never Weren't.

"All you'll have left of me is this book," he said. "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."

Colbert will begin his next gig as host of The Late Show in 2015.