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Heather Snowden

TV legend David Letterman is now 10 months into his late-night chat show retirement and I think we can agree that his new look is an absolute joy to behold.

After vanishing from the public eye almost a year ago, the 68-year-old American star resurfaced recently while jogging on the Caribbean island of St. Barts. Sporting a full beard and flushed, healthy glow, his wildly different aesthetic screams of one thing and one thing only: he has literally been dying to do this for SO long. Well, David, good for you!

Enjoying a well deserved break after hosting The Late Show for 33 years (!), Letterman seems to be living an entirely different existence to the one he knew just 10 months ago. He's even less active on social media — his last tweet was last July and nicely documents the beard progression:

Of course there are always some negative Nancy's around and, after being called out for “looking like a bedraggled Tom Hanks in ‘Cast Away'” by the New York Post last year, Letterman addressed the comments to Montana’s “Whitefish Review”:

“I had to shave every day, every day, for 33 years. And even before that when I was working on local TV. And I just thought, the first thing I will do when I am not on TV is stop shaving…. I’ve kind of developed a real creepy look with it that I’m sort of enjoying. And I can tell that people are off-put by it. And the more people implore me to shave, the stronger my resolve is to not shave.”

In other words: He's loving life. And as for the whole imploring thing — if the below amusing comparisons continue, something tells me that beard may never stop growing:

Arks and sleighs aside, American television writer and producer Cheryl Heuton hit the nail on the head when it comes to identifying Letterman's biggest change:

And we couldn't be happier for him!

Are you digging Letterman's new vibe?


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