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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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16.

James R. - Los Angeles    

About time. I look forward to the stories from his assistants and production crew about how badly he treated them.

167 days ago
17.

Jan    

CBS is not renewing because the 2 Jimmy's on NBC and ABC are killing ole Dave in the ratings. Time to go out to pasture old man.

167 days ago
18.

Tich45    

Bring on Howard Stern!!

167 days ago
19.

Truth    

DUDE WILL ONLY BE 67 NEXT YR... DID HIS RENTS DIE YET?? THEY USED TO BE ON THE SHOW ALL THE TIME. #TRUTH!!

167 days ago
20.

Rectum?Damn Nearly Killed Him    

CBC DO THE RIGHT THING AND PRY CONAN FROM TBS. HE'll SMOKE THE Jimmy two shoes and Jimmy two eagles. CONAN RULES!!!!!!!

167 days ago
21.

ElisabethIsDisgusting    

I've been to his show twice & it was great! One thing that surprised me was how awesome the band was! David Letterman has lots of interests outside of his show— racing, for example— so I hope he'll enjoy retirement.

167 days ago
22.

iaminnocent    

Good Riddance! Never liked the nasty creep.

167 days ago
23.

Santasunsetwoodica    

No matter what the ratings are or were,Dave is the best second only to Johnny! Dont forget Johnny wanted Dave to replace him!

167 days ago
24.

think101    

Good Luck Dave. Life is too short, its time for you to laugh and enjoy some family time.

167 days ago
25.

Vote2012    

Good he turned into an angry white guy very bitter towards everything, never was funny.

167 days ago
26.

thetruthhurts    

Didn't even know that he was still alive!!

167 days ago
27.

Nobody.Puts.Bieber.In.A.Corner    

Please, those of you who think this guys funny are hacks yourselves. His jokes are horrible. Most unfunny guy on tv. Please retire somewhere where we never hear about you again.

167 days ago
28.

ELC    

Bye-bye David...the sooner rather than later. He was no where near Jay Leno in nighttime entertainment. He won't be missed.

167 days ago
29.

Gina    

Good, he hasn't been funny in 20 years.

167 days ago
30.

Dingo    

THE STUDIO WON'T BE THE SAME!

YAHOOOOOO!!!!

167 days ago
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