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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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76.

rolm    

This old goat should have been out years ago like at least 10 years ago. I saw him a few times in the last month he was awful just like watching a confused old man. I say he will not make 2015

168 days ago
77.

Kim    

See ya ! good riddance

168 days ago
78.

suberj    

Cher had it right...he's an a s hole

168 days ago
79.

merle     

I never cared for his show but I am glad it will give him time with his son.

168 days ago
80.

Mutley    

I hear "Weird' Al Yankovich is receiving serious consideration as a replacement. Dave is personally behind him.

168 days ago
81.

Carlos    

One less left wing prick on TV ..

168 days ago
82.

luke martin    

good and take opra with you

168 days ago
83.

p51d007    

The quicker the better!
Haven't watched him since he moved to CBS because they threw a TON of money at him, nothing wrong with that, but he became what a lot of the so called 99%ers hate, "RICH". He moved up to "the hamptons" type of area, and to "protect" himself, became another left wing loony liberal leaning socialist America hater. His shows are always putting down what made this country great. Yeah, Johnny Carson was a liberal, but the difference between him and these "shock jock" late night clowns is Carson had enough sense to keep his political opinion off his show. Bye Dave, hope you fade off and we never see you again!

168 days ago
84.

Bill911SC    

Too early to know if I'll miss Letterman but I definately won't miss that big mouth Paul Schaefer.

168 days ago
85.

Hamm    

Thank God had too many fooled for too long. Bye creep

168 days ago
86.

johnny    

finally!

168 days ago
87.

Kaveman    


THANK GOD!! DAVID LETTERMAN IS A TALENT-LESS FOOL!

168 days ago
88.

The New Improved Sock Puppet    

Even an older guy like me realizes that late night has to be switched up a bit from David Letterman's style. I'm not sure if it's the highly charged Jimmy Fallon style, but Dave is just plain boring now. It's been a good run but it's over.

168 days ago
89.

Bill911SC    

Too early to know if I'll miss Letterman but I definately won't miss that big mouth Paul Schaefer.

168 days ago
90.

Truth    

THE ONLY GOOD SHOWS ARE WITH HOWARD STERN. EVERYTHING ELSE PRETTY MUCH SUCKED --- EXCEPT WHEN HOT CHICS WERE ON. #TRUTH!!

168 days ago
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