Nation, Stephen Colbert will soon retire his bald eagle, Stephen Jr., and leave Comedy Central for CBS. On Thursday, the network announced Stephen will replace David Letterman when he retires in 2015. Since 2005, the Second-City-improv-trained Stephen has bemused and amused his show's rabid fan base with his over-the-top alter ego first developed on The Daily Show. If you watch The Colbert Report, then you know Stephen as an arrogant, right-wing nut who can slyly get a satirical point across with his masterful interviewing skills. But alas, we're all going to have say goodbye to that Stephen. Following CBS's announcement, the comedian said, "I won't be doing the new show in character, so we'll all get to find out how much of him was me." There are some hints out there. Let's look at times Stephen was actually Stephen.
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