Solving a Colbert mystery: Why did Stephen sign off with a vomit green portrait of Viggo Mortensen when he had the real thing in studio?

Jon Stewart has the Moment of Zen, but Stephen Colbert ends his show differently every night. That gives him the opportunity for a little more flexibility.

Sometimes, he’ll end the show with the help of a guest, as when Jason Segel visited last week:

Colbert Segel

So last night’s viewers might rightly be wondering why in the world Colbert interviewed Viggo Mortensen but — rather than asking him to stick around for sign-off, Jason Segel-style — signed off using a miniature vomit green-colored portrait of the Lord of the Rings actor instead:

Colbert Viggo

Lucky for you, I wouldn’t have invited you in unless I had answers (I almost always do): that right there is no ordinary portrait of Viggo Mortensen.

That is *drumroll please* a one-of-a-kind portrait of Aragorn made entirely out of chocolate (including the stand). Colbert purchased the item on Ebay to celebrate the 15-year anniversary of the internet for $120.04, way back in November of 2005. For those of you counting at home, that was Episode 17 of his show.

Colbert’s ebay username, for the record: MyPrecious55. (He was born in 1964, so I have no idea.)

Since Colbert won’t be around (the Report) to celebrate the 25th anniversary one year two months hence, I guess he decided this was as good a time as any to bust it out. My only regret is that he didn’t force Viggo to eat his own face on air.

The more you know.

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