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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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343 COMMENTS

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31.

Dingo    

THE STUDIO WON'T BE THE SAME!

YAHOOOOOO!!!!

113 days ago
32.

GTO    

Leno has to sit out a yr before going to another network just enough time to move into Dave's job. Wouldn't that add insult to injury.

113 days ago
33.

WowUrDumb    

There was a time when I enjoyed letterman but that time has past.

113 days ago
34.

2slick4u    

Where there go Jay, just hang in there for another year.

113 days ago
35.

Fifty Shades of WTF    

I thought he had retired a few years ago......

113 days ago
36.

Daron    

Never heard of him.

113 days ago
37.

Rectum?Damn Nearly Killed Him    

Fallon turned Tonght Show into SLN skits.. At least Kimmle is funny. Still CONAN IS THE MAN. Conan to replace Letteman... History repeats itself

113 days ago
38.

SoManyIdiots    

Retire and be bitter off-screen for a change......

113 days ago
39.

Practical Sense    

He should have retired 5-10 years ago...he is a dinosaur! (He must have an intern who is related to a CBS executive.)

113 days ago
40.

2slick4u    

Bring on Bill Mahr. Now that would be a show.

113 days ago
41.

Sadiemay    

Dave was just waiting on Leno.

113 days ago
42.

my 2 cents    

Jimmy Kimmel rules !

113 days ago
43.

bigfranklittle    

I like Dave and always preferred him over Leno but I do find myself tuning into the Jimmy's these days.. It's been a good run but it's time

113 days ago
44.

jimmiebigballs    

Glad the late night creep is leaving, could never hold Jay's jock strap.

113 days ago
45.

svitola    

Dave used to be funny, but when he spun to the left and started the Bush bashing, I couldn't stand to watch, so I watched HBO, he is a millionaire, so he has it made.

113 days ago
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