TMZ

Our TV Shows

Got a Tip?

Call TMZ at (888) 847-9869 or Click Here

David Letterman

I'm Retiring

4/3/2014 1:32 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

040314_david_letterman_retirement_launch
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." 

040314_david_letterman_california_launch

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.

040314_david_letterman_10th_anniversary_launch_v3

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."

040314_david_letterman_taco_bell_launch

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.

 0403_david_letterman_footer

342 COMMENTS

No Avatar
166.

Menda    

I can't stand him! Glad to see him go!1 only sometimes watch if he has a great celebrity on the show

173 days ago
167.

qcubed    

Bye Dave...PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE ...DO NOT GIVE YOUR SHOW TO A SNL CAST MEMBER!!!!

173 days ago
168.

Kartrashian Klown    

Geez, the comments on here are harsh.

173 days ago
169.

Pillsbury Pancakes    

Letterman is an American icon, lets celebrate his passing with dignity and remembering the good he did for others while still living in earth. We will always miss him, Rest In Peace Dave!

173 days ago
170.

K South West    

THIS IS SO OLD TMZ... BREAKING NEWS... YESTERDAYS NEWS GUYS...ITS NOT HAPPENING UNTIL 2015 ANYWAY. YOU MUSTVE BEEN PAID TO ADVERTISE AS USUAL

173 days ago
171.

Frank    

Glad to see him go

173 days ago
172.

PureRadiance    

Hope Joan Rivers isn't one if the front runners! Bless you Dave for all the great years!

173 days ago
173.

K South West    

THIS IS LITERALLY YESTER (most recent) DAY TIME NEWS !

173 days ago
174.

Miss k    

Idk if it's just me but I find him boring ,

173 days ago
175.

WhoAmi    

Who flipping cares, its about time. You're nothing but an old goat, whos NOT funny. The ONLY one I enjoyed was Jay Leno. The rest of you are in bed with obama, so I cant stand you. This should have come a LONG time ago

173 days ago
176.

JC    

GOOD. GOOD RIDDANCE!!!!!!! I'm sure all 10 people who actually watched his worthless show will be sad. The rest of America will have no clue he retired.

173 days ago
177.

NorCalNik    

Craig will be so much funnier. Bring on Ferguson! :D

173 days ago
178.

toni    

Hope he plans to make time for his wife and his son!
He won't be missed!

173 days ago
179.

Bob    

He USED to be funny, until he turned into a hateful liberal mouthpiece. Don't let the door hit you on the way out!

173 days ago
180.

bub     

Now we know where Jay Leno is Going

173 days ago
Previous 15 Comments | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | Most Recent | Next 15 Comments

Around The Web