Stephen Colbert and Michael Stipe Perform 2016 Farewell "It's the End of the Year as We Know It"
The look back featured references to Zika, Flint's tainted water, the North Carolina bathroom bill, Roger Ailes, the deaths of Prince, David Bowie and Leonard Cohen and lots of Donald Trump.
There's no two ways about it: 2016 was a crap year. How crap? Just ask Stephen Colbert, Michael Stipe and James Franco, who got together on The Late Show on Thursday night (Dec. 15) to remake R.E.M.'s "It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" as a eulogy for a rough 12 months.
Here are some of the not-great things Colbert ran down in his year in review (Stipe was so upset he had to just stand mute and roll his eyes): Zika, Harambe, Flint's tainted water, the N.C. bathroom bill, the fall of Fox News' Roger Ailes, wildfires, climate change, the rise of the alt-right, Melania Trump's plagiarism, the deaths of Prince, David Bowie and Leonard Cohen and, oh yeah, Trump, lots of Trump.
Near the end Franco shows up to lend some harmonies and Stipe finally gives in and sings the chorus.
Watch it below.
Here's the music video for R.E.M.'s original version.
Stipe also sat down for a chat with Colbert and talked about his "Skid Row Santa" look, his production and co-writing on the next Fischerspooner album due out next year and his new book, which has no pages, but has a hole in it to escape the news of the day.
Watch him explain the project and what he'd like the electoral college voters to do on Monday (Dec. 19).
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