It was an opportunity for Colbert, who has made a career of satirizing politicians and the political establishment.
But the moment never quite lived up to expectations.
After an emotional finale, Colbert ended his appearance on “The Late Show” with a tweet, writing: “I don.t. want to. do that.”
The show’s ratings fell dramatically in its final week.
Colbert has been on the sidelines since the season finale, and he has been accused of having an affair with a producer while promoting his new movie “The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.”
He said he had not been with an actress since the beginning of the relationship, which started in September.
His wife, Katie, has been criticized for her part in the scandal.
But he is staying mum.
He said on Tuesday that he would continue to appear in his roles.
“It’s a personal thing,” he said.
“I think the most important thing is to be honest with you.
The more I talk about it, the more people come to me.”
Colbert said that he is “very grateful” to the cast of “The Colbert Report” and its fans for supporting him.
“The fact that they’re giving me the best job I could ever hope for,” he added.
“This is what I love doing.”
Colbert has long been known for his irreverent style, often referring to himself as the “Tory Bunch.”
In the past, he has called President Donald Trump a “dumb duck” and accused the president of being a “wacko.”
“If you want to know why I’m a conservative, it’s because I’m smarter than you,” he joked on Twitter.
But Colbert also has a reputation as a political satirist, especially when he is on the air.
In the 1990s, he hosted the “Late Show with David Letterman,” which was canceled after two seasons.
Colbert said he did not expect to remain in the limelight so long after the departure of the late Stephen Colbert, but he does hope to continue doing “The Last Word.”
“I’m still working to figure out how to take this next step,” he told The Associated Press in a telephone interview.
“If I have to go through the process of going to court and going to jail again, I think I’ll take it one day at a time.”