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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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196.

Jimbo    

Finally.....

168 days ago
197.

ToddonCapeCod    

Thank God!!
S***. Can't leave quick enough!

168 days ago
198.

manbearpig    

i have been around numerous sites that discuss dave's soon to be retirement.
it's good to know the vast majority of people feel he was either never funny or likeable or if he was funny, he hasn't been in decades.
i hope one of dave's guests beats the living crap out of him on his show before he fades away!

168 days ago
199.

barryaclarke    

I might wager that Jimmy Fallon who is not hosting "The Tonight Show" put a deep dent into David Letterman ratings................

168 days ago
200.

backfire    

He should step off tonight -- Its enough already….why do they wait till they look like they're studio is in a rest home? Barbara are you listening?

168 days ago
201.

Granny8934    

I'll miss him. Took me a while to "get" him, but once I did I have enjoyed him since. , so I will definitely miss him.

168 days ago
202.

Laughing at celebrities is fun.    

See ya liberal jacka/s/s. I know it's redundant but it fits so well.

168 days ago
203.

Pat Shaw    

I do hope Craig Ferguson gets the Late Show slot. He is truly an original; terribly funny; interacts with the audience; tries to not be "just another talk show" and he succeeds. He's extremely intelligent; does great interviews; and with only a nuts and bolts set (finally upgraded) and no orchestra, he manages to hold you with his originality and creativity. I have watched since he took over from the prior Craig, and he really endears himself to his viewers. He would give the 'other' show a run for its money. As a CBS shareholder, I feel my investment will be much more valuable with Craig in the prime slot!!!

Thanks...

168 days ago
204.

mjstf    

I LOVE him! Real Talent. Human like us all...he gave much to the world in entertainment and made a lot of people a lot of money. Bless him for having his priorities straight. :)

168 days ago
205.

Shaquille O'Neal     

Letterman is a moron who was NEVER funny!!!! He should have retired a LONG time ago!!! Go away Dave!!! Nobody watches your lame show with terrible jokes!!! Silly goose!!

168 days ago
206.

Truth    

Pompous arrogant creep. His retirement can't come quick enough. Good riddance.

168 days ago
207.

Truth    

Letterman is THE GREATEST (except for Johnny Carson). All you silly Obama queers can watch Jimmy Fallon. That's about your speed.

168 days ago
208.

CremeBrulee    

When it all comes down to it, Johnny Carson was the greatest. No one can ever fill his shoes. When I think about all the late nite hosts in the last 40 years, the only intro music I can conjure up in my mind is Johnnys. The rainbow curtain. The golf swing. The rest of them are just so much fluff.

168 days ago
209.

beachgal    

Bummer, Dave you'll be missed. Depp interview tonight was hilarious /classic

168 days ago
210.

user name    

Haha all u people are brutal! I never gave Letterman a chance...I'm all about the tonight show! Leno now Fallon!!!

168 days ago
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