Perennial late-night stalwart David Letterman announced yesterday that he will be hanging up the mic after 32 years of service. During a taping of Thursday night's show the 67 year old announced his plans to step down:
sometime in the not too distant future – 2015, for the love of God, [band leader] Paul [Shaffer] and I will be wrapping things up. the man who owns this network, I phoned him just before the program, and I said 'Leslie, it's been great, you've been great, and the network has been great, but I'm retiring.'
He went on to thank...
...all of the people who have worked here, all of the people in the theatre, all the people on the staff, everybody at home, thank you very much. What this means now, is that Paul and I can be married.
The decision will come just two months after Jay Leno, an old rival of his, finished his long tenure on NBC. Jimmy Fallon has since stepped into Leno's shoes but it's anyone's guess who might succeed Letterman on CBS. Craig Ferguson- who hosts the Late Late Show which follows his slot- could be on the cards.
We'll believe it when we see it but if this does come to pass, he will indeed be missed. What a pro. Here he is, handling a distant Joaquin Phoenix in a famous interview from 2009.
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(via. The Telegraph)