After more than 32 years as a TV talk show host, 22 of which hosting CBS’s “The Late Show,” David Letterman has formally announced his retirement during the taping for Thursday night’s show.
Back in April 2014, the 67-year-old show host had made a shocking and rather vague announcement of his impending retirement, without giving much information about it except that it is to be sometime in 2015.
Through a statement of Letterman’s production company, Worldwide Pants, they confirmed Letterman’s retirement to be by August next year when his contract expires. CBS has also announced that the “Late Show with David Letterman” will be running its last episode on Wednesday, May 20, 2015.
Today was able to interview some of the people in the audience of the taping. Many have expressed their shock, thinking at first that it was just a joke. Other talk show hosts like Jimmy Kimmel, Ellen DeGeneres and new "Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon have also reacted on this announcement through statements in the social media.
With regards to next year’s show without Letterman, CBS named Stephen Colbert of “The Colbert Report” to replace Letterman. Colbert will be hosting the last episode of his show next week, giving him ample time to prepare for next year. As of the moment, there has been no announcement yet as too when “The Late Show” with Colbert as the host will premiere.
Letterman debuted as a late night talk show host on NBC’s “Late Night with David Letterman,” running for 11 years and garnering five Emmy Awards. Afterwards, he left for CBS to host the “Late Show with David Letterman.” During his 22 years in “The Late Show,” Letterman has bagged nine Emmy Awards and 73 Emmy nominations. Upon his last episode run on May 20, 2015, Letterman would have already hosted a total of 6,028 episodes for both NBC and CBS, thus making him the longest serving late night TV talk show host.
Were you shocked of the announcement of David Letterman’s retirement? Post your comments below.
For more updates on your favorite TV talk shows, keep tabs on Movie News Guide (MNG).
Photo source: Wikimedia Commons/Gage Skidmore