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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!)

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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In a Pickle: Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers Pass the Late Night 'Torch'

UpdatePosted 01/29/2014 12:00PM

Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers Pass the Late Night Torch – in Hilarious Fashion

Originally posted 01/29/2014 09:00AM

Seth Meyers is preparing to take the reins of Late Night from Jimmy Fallon when the latter moves to The Tonight Show, and Fallon had his successor on the show Tuesday night for an important tradition: the passing of the Late Night pickle.

This isn't just Fallon being Fallon, however: Apparently it's a real, longstanding Late Night tradition. David Letterman's staff gave the pickle to Conan O'Brien when he inherited the show, and O'Brien gave it to Fallon when he took over.

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Peter O'Toole: The Ultimate Talk Show Guest

Originally posted 12/16/2013 04:00PM

No star ever seemed quite as delighted to play himself as Peter O'Toole. The actor, who died Sunday at the age of 81, earned innumerable accolades for his stage and screen work, but just as important in cementing the image of Peter O'Toole in the public consciousness were his decades of talk-show appearances, nearly all of them performed through a smirk, a twinkle, and just as often, a large amount of vodka.

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