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Saying Goodbye to David Letterman: A Look Back at His 33-Year Legacy

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Saying Goodbye to David Letterman: A Look Back at His 33-Year Legacy

Originally posted 05/20/2015 04:00PM

When NBC handed David Letterman Late Night in 1982, his offbeat humor ushered in a new era of late night.

Thirty-three years later, he's stepping down from a late-night landscape that changed around him, having stayed true to himself as the medium changed from appointment viewing to something to be easily digested the next morning in three- to four-minute clips.

"I recognized the value of it," Letterman told The New York Times back in April of his competitors' tendency to gear their shows toward digital audiences. "It's just, I didn't know what to say. You go back to your parents' house, and they still have the rotary phone. It's a little like that."

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Relive the Top 10 Flirtatious Moments Between Julia Roberts and Dave Letterman

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Relive the Top 10 Flirtatious Moments Between Julia Roberts and Dave Letterman

Originally posted 05/13/2015 07:05AM

Julia Roberts and Late Show host David Letterman have had one of the best flirtations on TV for decades. On Wednesday, May 20, Letterman will retire after 30 years on late-night television – and Roberts, 47, is on the star-studded lineup. To celebrate his career, let's take a look back at some of their best moments together.

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David Letterman: CBS Had 'Good Reason to Fire Me' After My Sex Scandal | David Letterman

David Letterman: CBS Had 'Good Reason to Fire Me' After My Sex Scandal

Originally posted 04/30/2015 11:55AM

As his 33-year-long tenure on late night comes to a close, David Letterman is feeling reflective.

Though he was candid about his sex scandal when it made headlines in 2009 after a blackmail attempt forced his hand, the late-night host has kept mum on the issue since.

In a revealing interview with The New York Times, Letterman, 68, was able to look at the scandal with some distance. "I think [CBS] would have had good reason to fire me," he said, adding that he was "largely ignorant as to what, really, I had done."

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David Letterman: Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel Didn't 'Push Me Out' of a Job

David Letterman: Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel Didn't 'Push Me Out' of a Job

Originally posted 04/29/2015 10:40AM

The landscape of late night has inarguably changed since David Letterman began hosting Late Night in 1982 and then Late Show in 1993, but he's not ending his 33-year run on a bitter note.

In an interview with The New York Times, Letterman, 68, is not upset about how the format he helped create has changed so drastically with the entry of energetic, Internet-savvy hosts like Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon.

"They didn't push me out," he said. "I'm 68. If I was 38, I'd probably still be wanting to do the show," Letterman added, going on to say that the format – "an older guy in a suit" – certainly still seemed "viable" when Jay Leno was still on late night. However, after Leno left The Tonight Show last year, Letterman was suddenly "surrounded by Jimmys," he told the Times.

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Bruce Willis Reprises His '80s Hair for David Letterman (VIDEO)

Originally posted 04/23/2015 09:00AM

Everything old is new again.

That was the theme on The Late Show Wednesday, which saw guest Bruce Willis don a wig and return to the hair that made him famous.

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David Letterman's Last Late Show Broadcast Will Be ...

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Date Set for David Letterman's Last Late Show

Originally posted 12/10/2014 01:00PM

David Letterman has picked the date he'll say goodbye on CBS.

The 67-year-old star will host his final Late Show on CBS on May 20.

"David Letterman has given to all of us a remarkable legacy of achievement and creative brilliance that will never be forgotten," said Leslie Moonves, president and CEO of the CBS Corporation. "It's going to be tough to say goodbye, but I know we will all cherish the shows leading up to Dave’s final broadcast in May."

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Stephen Colbert Once Turned Down an Internship with David Letterman's Show (VIDEO)

Originally posted 04/23/2014 07:10AM

Here's a lesson for all of you struggling kids out there: Internships don't always lead to great gigs.

Case in point: Stephen Colbert, David Letterman's Late Night successor, revealed Tuesday night he once turned down an internship with the Late Show because it didn't pay.

He's done pretty well since then, however.

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David Letterman Announces Retirement

Originally posted 04/03/2014 05:30PM

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And the No. 1 reason late-night will feel a lot more lonely ...

David Letterman, 66, announced Thursday that he is retiring after more than three decades of making people laugh after their bedtimes.

The funnyman, who began in 1982 on Late Night with David Letterman on NBC before moving to the Late Show with David Letterman on CBS, told the audience at Thursday's taping that he will leave next year.

He said he broke the news earlier to CBS CEO Leslie Moonves. "I said, 'Leslie, it's been great, you've been great, and the network has been great, but I'm retiring.'"

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Kate Mara Gives Away Huge House of Cards Twist to David Letterman (Spoilers!) | Late Show With David Letterman, David Letterman, Kate Mara

Kate Mara Gives Away Huge House of Cards Twist to David Letterman (Spoilers!)

Originally posted 02/19/2014 12:20PM

If you haven't watched the season premiere of House of Cards, or seen Tuesday night's appearance by Kate Mara on the Late Show with David Letterman, stop reading this right now.

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