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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  • Indigo

    I guess it’s time. I never paid attention to him, he didn’t relate to anything I thought was interesting and besides, he was on after my bedtime. I’m sure he’ll have a fine replacement, maybe Colbert? If that happens, I’ll push my bedtime back to watch Colbert.

  • jharp

    It seems to me David Letterman gets better looking with age.

  • http://www.americablog.com/ Naja pallida

    The first car had a chain drive with only a fraction of a horsepower, three wheels, tiller steering, no safety features to speak of… inventing something doesn’t necessarily mean others can’t improve upon it greatly. :)

  • The_Fixer

    I’ll miss Dave from time to time, but he’s probably ready to retire. He’s slowed down and isn’t quite as knife-edgy as he used to be. He can still slam a great joke in there from time to time, although that’s mostly in interviews. But, it’s probably time for him to hang up the nightly show.

    I’ve noticed a lot more polite laughter and polite applause for mediocre jokes lately. Although he is still funny, he’s past his golden years. I’ve watched him since the days of his morning show, and he’s always made me laugh. But moreso in the past.

    I do say thanks for the laughs, and hope he has a great retirement watching his son grow up.

  • cole3244

    i don’t watch a lot of the late night talk shows but when i do letterman is always the one i go to because of his humor and his politics he will be missed certainly by me.

  • MyrddinWilt

    What was weird was that someone working in the valley tech industry would donate to prop-hate without realizing what it would mean for his relationships with co-workers.

    He could probably have got away with a heartfelt apology like Jessie Jackson did after his NYC reference. But the post on his blog was a non-apology apology. https://brendaneich.com/

    What the bios don’t mention is that the implementation of the Javascript language he is famous for was utterly unstable and unusable. Trying to use the first version would crash the browser pretty much every time. And we are still fixing the security blunders almost twenty years later.

  • dcinsider

    Brendan Eich resigned as CEO of Mozilla just now. Winner, winner chicken dinner!

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