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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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46.

Ron    

Maybe Craig Ferguson will get the spot!

173 days ago
47.

Jeffsafe    

See ya puttz

173 days ago
48.

vito de marco    

Good another liberal ******* bites the dust, go with Piers Morgan back to England.

173 days ago
49.

Mr. Witness    

Hmmm --- who is funnier? A guy who's had a successful late night network talk show entertaining millions for over thirty years, or the illiterate idiots on this message board with the backward baseball caps and gold chains who spell like third graders? Thanks for your worthless opinions, morons.

173 days ago
50.

TattyTalia    

I hope we get a female replacement! Maybe Chelsea Handler?

173 days ago
51.

Kathy    

Should have done it 10 years ago.

173 days ago
52.

rcau5910@aol.com    

Good ridance.

173 days ago
53.

big d    

NOOOOOOOOOO! He is only 67--that's not even that old. Carson was a decade older. I can't help but think that CBS is making him leave which I find so very sad. I always enjoy seeing my favorite celebs interact with him.

173 days ago
54.

actionwriter    

O HAPPY DAY!!!! Haysus I AM SOOOOO glad I lived to see this day...Ol gap-tooth is out and off the tube. NOW, if we can just get O'Reilly to follow like Andy Rooney did----retire and then three weeks later his picture is in the obits....o happy day!!! America is a better place

173 days ago
55.

Gizmo's Mom    

Twenty one years of pure boredom & stupidity! Glad to see him go.

173 days ago
56.

bucktownboy    

Maybe they can replace him with Jay Leno-

173 days ago
57.

Mert    

Never could stand him. He's arrogant and not the least bit funny. Hope they offer his late night spot to Jay Leno.

173 days ago
58.

swaogasgo    

I watched the morning show (the set caught on fire one time!) and his last show up until about the time carson retired.......when he was new on the air the show was great......at dave got older he got more grouchy.........
I don't watch TV much any more but the carson/letterman combo at the end of my work shift at night was a 'go to' for years.........take it easy dave.......no more interns for you

173 days ago
59.

TB    

Here comes Chelsea!

173 days ago
60.

NWBL    

I have always been with Cher about Letterman. I think he's an a$$hole. Sayonara.

173 days ago
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