David Letterman is retiring in 2015

David Letterman announced today during the taping of his show that he’s retiring in 2015.

Here’s the video of Dave making the announcement:

Here’s the official statement from Letterman:

David Letterman retirement statement

CBS has a statement up now too:

“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.”

Letterman started “Late Night with David Letterman” in 1982.

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David-Letterman

Then in 1993, he moved from NBC to CBS, and his show became “The Late Show with David Letterman.”

So who should replace David Letterman?

Here are some of the all-time top Letterman videos on YouTube:

Letterman loses it with O’Reilly

Adele

Jim Carey on how wealthy people laugh

Jeff Dunham and Walter

Salma Hayek discusses her breasts

9 year old boy plays banjo

Someone sends Dave a letter, and he gets mad


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