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David Letterman

I'm Retiring

4/3/2014 1:32 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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David Letterman, the longest-serving late-night talk show host in TV history, has just announced his retirement.

Letterman made the announcement during the taping of his show Thursday in New York, telling the audience his last show will take place in 2015.

He told the audience ... he's turning 67 and wants to spend more time with his family.  Dave went on to say he'd be retiring in the next year or 2.  The audience thought he was joking because he said, "Finally Paul and I can get married." 

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Johnny Depp then came on and told Dave people backstage were weeping.  It appears Dave's staff knew of the announcement and many were backstage.

During his announcement, Dave said he started in the business when he was 34 so he's been doing it for half his life, and now it was time to be with his son.

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Letterman began his Hollywood career as a stand-up comedian in the late 1970s, appearing several times on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson." He got his morning show in 1980 and began his late night career in 1982 on NBC with "Late Night with David Letterman."

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11 years later in 1993, Letterman moved to CBS to host "The Late Show with David Letterman," after Jay Leno was tapped to replace Johnny Carson on NBC.

Letterman's CBS contract is scheduled to expire next year and Letterman won't be re-upping.

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1.

GM    

good riddance

113 days ago
2.

tmzsux    

Good

113 days ago
3.

Marilyn    

Never watch the unfunny creep!

113 days ago
4.

Unbroken Chain    

Wow. That makes me feel old. I hope he enjoys his retirement. Used to watch him every night of rowing up

113 days ago
5.

madman-stephan    

The home office will never be the same.

113 days ago
6.

Keyser Söze    

'Couldn't have careless BOTH times Leno made his announcements, but, even though I stop watching on the reg a while back, this one hits home.

You're going to be miss, Dave.

113 days ago
7.

Cyberquill    

Moving to 10pm?

113 days ago
8.

NoriWest    

David is still too young.

113 days ago
9.

Kelly    

Bummer. He'll be missed.

113 days ago
10.

August    

WHO?

113 days ago
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franklyspeaking    

He can't bear Jimmys getting better ratings with his methods. .LETTERMAN RULES!!!

113 days ago
12.

Joi    

I'm going to miss Dave. This will give him more time to be with his son. Good luck Dave.

113 days ago
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bring back recent posts    

End of another era in television, I will miss him big time, as I do Jay and especially Johnny . Nothing original on TV nighttime or daytime. Sucks! It's all reality crap now. Ugh.

113 days ago
14.

marlab    

I will truly miss him!

113 days ago
15.

Steve    

Probably going to work for Putin. He used to be funny but when he became a mouthpiece for the DNC, I tuned out.

113 days ago
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