WATCH: David Letterman Announces Retirement After 20 Years on ‘Late Show’
It’s true -- another late-night talk show host is retiring from the biz. That’s right, David Letterman will officially walk away from CBS’ ‘Late Show with David Letterman’ after a 20-year run.
Today, during a taping of tonight’s show, which will air at 11:35 p.m. EST, the host known for his Top Ten lists announced he will hang up his late-night mic in 2015. I bet the audience wasn’t expecting that.
The news has been confirmed by several publications, in addition to Mike Mills, the bassist for tonight’s musical guest REM, who broke the news via Twitter. Mills tweeted, “Dave just announced his retirement #2015 #muchlovedave.”
As stated earlier, for 20 years Letterman hosted CBS’ evening talk show. His legacy also includes a prior 11-season stint hosting NBC’s ‘Late Night.’
You can watch Letterman's announcement below, where he says, “I just want to reiterate my thanks for the support from the network, all of the people who have worked here, all of the people in the theater, all the people on the staff, everybody at home, thank you very much.”
CBS boss Leslie Moonves also made the following statement, “When Dave decided on a one-year extension for his most recent contract, we knew this day was getting closer, but that doesn’t make the moment any less poignant for us. For 21 years, David Letterman has graced our Network’s air in late night with wit, gravitas and brilliance unique in the history of our medium. During that time, Dave has given television audiences thousands of hours of comedic entertainment, the sharpest interviews in late night, and brilliant moments of candor and perspective around national events.
"He’s also managed to keep many celebrities, politicians and executives on their toes – including me. There is only one David Letterman. His greatness will always be remembered here, and he will certainly sit among the pantheon of this business. On a personal note, it’s been a privilege to get to know Dave and to enjoy a terrific relationship. It’s going to be tough to say goodbye. Fortunately, we won’t have to do that for another year or so. Until then, we look forward to celebrating Dave’s remarkable show and incredible talents.”
Like Letterman, Jay Leno also retired earlier this year after 22 years of hosting ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.’ Jimmy Fallon, who, like Letterman, previously hosted ‘Late Night,’ officially took over for Leno on Monday, Feb. 17. ‘Saturday Night Live’ alum Seth Meyers then took over for Fallon.
Will another ‘SNL’ comedian take Letterman’s seat? No word yet, but we’ll be sure to report any details when they’re announced. All I can say is, let the hosting search games begin!
I am not sure Ferguson is the right guy for the 11:30 slot. A little bit of his mugging for the camera goes a long way. In similar fashion, I think that Conan's self-deprecating, pathetic self image schtick gets tiresome quickly too, which is why I think NBC jumped at the chance to put Leno back in that seat. I wonder if one of the Comedy Central guys might get a shot, Stewart or Colbert?
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Message Posted On Apr 3rd, 2014, 9:06 am
I am sure the chair is Ferguson's if he wants it. There's no way Dave is going to let anyone, uh, Leno him.