David Letterman Announces Retirement, Will Leave Air in 2015


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It seems like yesterday when David Letterman was appearing on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson." Then, boom, he had his own show, following Carson's yet. After the debacle NBC created by bypasssing Letterman as Carson's successor and selecting Jay Leno to take over "The Tonight Show," Letterman left NBC behind for what has been a highly successful run on CBS. Today, Letterman announced he will retire from "The Late Show with David Letterman" in 2015, clearly ending one era of late night entertainment.

Frankly, I have never been a fan of Letterman's. He occasionally makes me laugh, but not with the regularity of Carson. Plus, he just never had that natural ability to charm a guest and handle the unexpected challenge of a bland celebrity or personality sitting across from him. He really is not my style. That said, he got the shaft from NBC in 1993 and earned a certain loyalty from me as a result. I was so happy with Carson for never appearing on Leno's show, but yet he did appear on Letterman's show and frequently contributed jokes. In fact, as I recall, after Carson's passing, Letterman did an entire monologue filled with Carson jokes given to him by the master of late night TV over the years.

Even though my only stake in the NBC fiasco is that of a viewer, I take a certain pride in Letterman outlasting Leno who then gave the shaft himself to Conan O'Brien. By the time he leaves the air, it will be 22 years that Letterman's CBS talker will have reigned with steadiness, outdoing any of Carson's other competitors. To date, the show earned 72 Emmy Award nominations of which it has won nine.

Letterman made his announcement during Thursday's taping of "The Late Show." Watch it here:


Responses are flying in as the word spreads. Just two of note from Twitter -- Jimmy Kimmel: "David @Letterman is the best there is and ever was" and President Barack Obama "There are more than 10 reasons #DavidLetterman will be missed."

The exact date of the final episode has not yet been determined, but it is sure to be a ratings winner and no doubt Letterman will take his personal satisfaction with him, knowing he beat NBC and made his own mark in late night television.



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I loved his cameo appearance in Chris Elliot's "Cabin Boy" feature, and here it is...

I've always admired Letterman. Late-night TV talk shows would be a lot more conservative and corporate without his influence. His retirement speech was genuine, funny and heartfelt unlike Leno's crocodile tears. I hope Craig Ferguson will replace him, as the Late Show needs to continue Letterman's tradition of offbeat, quirky humor.