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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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342 COMMENTS

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181.

BT    

Glad to see this liberal off the air. Jay Leno was replacxed by an Obama lover so I'm sure CBS (Communist Broadcast System) will replace this moron with another Obama A**hole.

173 days ago
182.

smarty p.    

I stopped watching after Letterman totally disrespected Bill O'Reilly on his show years ago. I'm not even a fan of O'Reilly. In fact, I think he's an arrogant knob too. Still, Letterman treated the guy like he was a piece of #@$@. It's interesting how liberals, like Letterman, automatically assume that anyone who has a different perspective than them is either stupid or evil or heartless, etc. At one point, Letterman turned to O'Reilly, who was trying to explain his position on something or other, and said, "I don't know what you're saying, but I know it's wrong." This would have been somewhat funny if Letterman was joking, but he was absolutely serious. In a nutshell, that quote explains Letterman's ignorance.

173 days ago
183.

F M All    

I never begrudge anyone making money. But no one deserves it less than this *******, arrogant prick. Good riddance ********.

173 days ago
184.

ejohnson     

About time! I thought he was in his late 70s.

173 days ago
185.

ejohnson     

It's about time.

173 days ago
186.

pj    

Boring ass it's about time

173 days ago
187.

Jah36    

This is about 10 years too late. Letterman hasn't been funny for a LONG time. He unfortunately chose to let his misguided political opinions get in the way of his "jokes", to the point that they just weren't funny anymore.

173 days ago
188.

myopinion    

He needs to...Every time he comes on I turn the channel.

173 days ago
189.

Murphman    

Take your butt buddy Prez Obummer with you!

173 days ago
190.

Fit4Life    

David letterman was decent in his day.. But c'mon hang it up!! He's 67 years old.. He needs to retire.. Like TONIGHT!!

173 days ago
191.

Dave    

His show was brilliant in the 80s and early 90s. Then he got bitter and hateful. It's a shame he went from hilarious to annoying.

173 days ago
192.

Janice    

Great to hear!!!!

173 days ago
193.

CremeBrulee    

Good move, Dave. You're a legend, but it's time. Go out on top! I always wondered what Johnny had against Dave.

173 days ago
194.

ROGER    

HAS'NT TOLD FUNNY JOKE IN 15 YEARS.
GO ALREADY WHY WAIT....

173 days ago
195.

skittlesbreaker19    

Whenever I see him on, I wonder who the hell watches him!! Totally boring !! Sham-wow infomercial is more entertaining!

173 days ago
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