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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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106.

lcmb    

He used to be funny, before he became bitter.

169 days ago
107.

Racer    

Why wait? Leave now

169 days ago
108.

Shantastic    

I'm sure he is well liked, but I can't help from visualizing CBS giving a big sigh of relief over his announcement, because his replacement will not come with a hefty salary. This would be the perfect opportunity for Tonight Show staff to ask for a raise. :D

169 days ago
109.

Del    

Why wait that long, get him out now. Now. Now

169 days ago
110.

JRD    

This is sooo long overdue! Letterman was once one of the Gods of late night but his politics took over his act and he became an embarrassment to himself.
I would have put him next to Jack Benny, Milton Berle and the other legends before he became an angry liberal. So long Dave and good luck.

169 days ago
111.

Davis    

Good Letterman sucks he's not even kinda funny plus he's ugly a sin

169 days ago
112.

August    

What an absolutely useless human being....

169 days ago
113.

Marcia    

I don't know. Something tells me he is not in good health.

169 days ago
114.

Count Chocula    

2million and 12 eye blinks aahh ahh...
wha.. whaat... no more counting eye blinks :(

169 days ago
115.

don    

good. He wasn't funny and then used his position to politicize late night comedy. We need relief from the propaganda, not more.

169 days ago
116.

mary sue ingersoll    

Thank you David Letterman, you have been awesome. Enjoy yourself and family.

169 days ago
117.

tom slick    

THANK GOD this HOOSIER BORN POS is FINALLY leaving the NIGHT TIME so that maybe a REAL MAN can take his spot he has tainted with is LEFT WINGED CRAP! Maybe now- he and PAUL can COME OUT and get married with Obama as the one who will give him away- they will get a JAR of Brown /Green Vasolene and a WHOLE Weekend in SEYMOUR, Ind- GOOD RIDDANCE to a LOOSER- let Craig fill the spot!

169 days ago
118.

Angela N-Indianapolis    

He use to be funny but turned into a creepy old man about 5-6 years ago and I stopped watching on a reg. He lears at the young female guests & it's embarrassing to watch.

169 days ago
119.

nite.crone    

I have watched Letterman since he was on in the morning. Always preferred him over Leno! He will be missed.

169 days ago
120.

vince    

He should have retired the day he started!

169 days ago
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