April 25, 2017  
Home > News > TV

David Letterman Will Retire From 'Late Show' in 2015

April 4, 2014 (1:46 am) GMT
Letterman announces he will quit his job on the CBS late-night show sometime next year.
David Letterman Will Retire From 'Late Show' in 2015

is ready to pass the "Late Show" torch. The veteran comedian announced during the Thursday, April 3 taping of "" that he would retire as host of the show in 2015, around the conclusion of his current contract that will expire in August 2015.

"(Les Moonves, CBS Corp President and CEO) and I ... we have had this conversation in the past, and we agreed that we would work together on this circumstance and the timing of this circumstance," Letterman told his audience. "And I phoned him just before the program, and I said, 'Leslie, it's been great, you've been great, and the network has been great, but I'm retiring.' "

"What this means now, is that Paul and I can be married," he joked, before adding, "It will be at least a year or so, but sometime in the not too distant future, 2015 for the love of God."

Moonves has reacted to Letterman's retirement announcement. "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," he said.

"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. There is only one David Letterman. His greatness will always be remembered here, and he will certainly sit among the pantheon of this business."

President Barack Obama, who has sat down for an interview with Letterman on "Late Show", also paid tribute to the 66-year-old TV star. "There are more than 10 reasons #DavidLetterman will be missed," he wrote in a caption of their picture together.

's bassist Mike Mills, whose band served as musical guest that night, spilled the beans hours earlier. "Dave just announced his retirement #2015 #muchlovedave," he tweeted and later came under attack. In his defense, he wrote again, "300 or so people in the audience, all with mobile phones, someone would have if not me."



TODAY'S HEADLINES

  1. Report: Blake Shelon Is Hiding Shameful Family Secrets From Gwen Stefani
  2. Kim Kardashian Hits Back at Haters Over Her Unretouched Bikini Photos
  3. Are J.Lo and Alex Rodriguez Readying New Show Together?
  4. La La Vazquez Parties at NYC Strip Club After Ditching Kim Kardashian's Mexican Getaway
  5. Paris Jackson Flashes Nipples as She Goes Braless in Skimpy Outfit
  6. La La Vazquez Is Too Heartbroken to Join Kim Kardashian's Vacation in Mexico
  7. Harry Styles Makes a Mysterious Response to His Han Solo Casting Rumors
  8. G-Dragon and Sulli's Recent Instagram Posts Fuel Dating Speculation