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Late Show With David Letterman
Originally posted 05/21/2015 01:30AM
The final night of David Letterman's CBS Late Show, marking his formal retirement from television, was not actually all that special. Which is what made it so special.
Even with an opening that featured a bunch of presidents and a closing that revealed the presence of Letterman's son, Harry, in the audience, it was a modest and self-deprecating evening.
Letterman, who began his career bristling with porcupine quills and has lost all but a few of them over three decades, was too kind to tell his fans that they face a troubling new era fraught with doubt and questions.
Originally posted 05/21/2015 03:40AM
David Letterman made America laugh for 33 years as a late-night host, but the real challenge as he closed out his legendary tenure on Wednesday night was holding back a tear or two.
Letterman, 68, bid his final "Thank you and good night" to viewers after nearly 22 years behind the desk of CBS's Late Show. The 16-time Emmy winner's final show after 6,028 broadcasts was a star-studded extravaganza that still managed to be touching – after all, Letterman has seen incredible highs and lows during the decades that have cemented his reputation as a late-night pioneer.
And so, in homage to the man who made Top 10 lists a thing, here's one more for Dave himself.
Originally posted 05/20/2015 09:15PM
After nearly 22 years as the host of CBS's Late Show, David Letterman has chatted up mostly everyone. Now the attention he's paid to stars of stage, screen and song is being returned to him in a big way.
Just this past week, some of his most famous buddies – including Bill Murray, Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, George Clooney and Eddie Vedder – have stopped by to say goodbye to the late-night legend.
More overwhelming, though, are the number of former guests (Letterman has, after all, clocked more than 6,000 broadcasts in his 33 years as a late-night host) who have taken to social media to say their goodbyes.
Below, highlights from the tributes Letterman's legend and how his retirement signals the end of a late-night TV era.
Originally posted 05/20/2015 05:35PM
David Letterman started the process of saying goodbye to the Late Show he hosted for nearly 22 years on Wednesday afternoon – and wasn't he in fine company?
Letterman, 68, had already welcomed a galaxy of stars during his final weeks as the show's host (Tom Hanks, George Clooney, Julia Roberts, President Barack Obama, Sarah Jessica Parker, Billy Crystal, Alec Baldwin, Tina Fey, Scarlett Johansson, John Travolta and Bruce Willis – to name just a few). And in advance of his last taping, more A-listers made their way into the historic Ed Sullivan Theater.
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."
Originally posted 05/20/2015 12:15PM
"I learned almost nothing in college, but watching Late Night, not only did I learn everything from Dave, but the reason I have this show is because," Kimmel said haltingly, his voice trembling, as he stopped to keep himself from crying. "The executives at ABC saw me when I was a guest on Dave's show and hired me to host this show. I want to thank Dave."
Originally posted 05/19/2015 07:40AM
Eddie Vedder Gives Emotional Farewell Serenade to David Letterman: Watch Him Sing 'Better Man' (VIDEO)
Originally posted 05/19/2015 07:10AM
"We couldn't be happier to have him back here with us tonight," Letterman said.
Originally posted 05/19/2015 02:30AM
Julia Roberts kissed him, George Clooney handcuffed him, but all Tom Hanks wanted from David Letterman was a photo.
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