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UpdatePosted 04/12/2014 12:00PM

WATCH: 5 Times Stephen Colbert Sat Down with David Letterman, and Proved He Had the Skills for the Late Show

Originally posted 04/10/2014 04:00PM

It's official: CBS has named Stephen Colbert the new host of the Late Show.

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Stephen Colbert Hilariously Riffs on Replacing David Letterman

Originally posted 04/11/2014 01:15PM

[YOUTUBE "VX5y2oo3ydo"] Stephen Colbert is so happy about landing the job as host of the Late Show on CBS, all he can do is get laughs about it.

Speaking to the audience on The Colbert Report, which Comedy Central executives say will end its run in eight months, Colbert, 49, paid homage to his Late Show predecessor.

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Stephen Colbert Replacing David Letterman

Stephen Colbert Replacing David Letterman

Originally posted 04/10/2014 12:35PM

Get ready for the late show with … Stephen Colbert.

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UpdatePosted 04/07/2014 05:00PM

Watch: The Simpsons Pays Tribute to David Letterman with Couch Gag

Originally posted 04/07/2014 03:00PM

[YOUTUBE "ldhf30YtWkI"] The Simpsons rarely fails to comment on a major pop-culture event, so it wasn't surprising that the show paid tribute to David Letterman's departure from the Late Show.

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The Top 10 Things We Wouldn't Have Without David Letterman

The Top 10 Things We Wouldn't Have Without David Letterman

Originally posted 04/05/2014 10:00AM

Over more than 30 years on the air, David Letterman went from the class clown of late night to one of its most respected icons.

In the '80s, Letterman's Midwestern snark and ironic sensibilities were considered groundbreaking in the comparatively staid world of Johnny Carson and Tom Snyder; now they've provided the groundwork for many of today's mainstream comedy trends. (Check out Letterman's 9 Most Unforgettable Late Show Moments.)

As Letterman prepares to step away from the desk for good in 2015, here's a look back at the 10 (could it have been any other number?) best things Letterman gave us:

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David Letterman's Staff Was in Tears over Retirement News

David Letterman's Staff Was in Tears over Retirement News

Originally posted 04/04/2014 03:40PM

Just before David Letterman took to the stage to make his retirement announcement, his director shared the news with the staff, leaving them stunned and emotional.

"Some people were teary. Many people didn't know it ahead of time," a source tells PEOPLE. "People are really in shock. People can't believe it. We always thought it was gonna happen – just like that."

The show's star guest also got caught up in the moment, the source said of the scene before Thursday's Late Show taping, when Letterman, 66, said he will leave his late-night talk show in 2015.

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Who Should Replace David Letterman? Tell Us Your Picks

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Who Should Replace David Letterman?

Originally posted 04/04/2014 11:20AM

Sure, he's irreplaceable. But someone will have to step into the 11:35 p.m. time slot on CBS when David Letterman retires next year after a record 33-year run in late night.

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WATCH: Johnny Depp Talks About His 'Female Engagement Ring' on Late Show | Johnny Depp

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Johnny Depp Talks Engagement Ring on Late Show After Letterman's Retirement Announcement

Originally posted 04/04/2014 08:50AM

Thursday was a night for big news at the Late Show with David Letterman. Moments after the host announced his retirement, Johnny Depp dropped in to talk important life changes.

The Transcendence actor joked about declaring his departure from acting but said Letterman's imminent sign-off stole his thunder.

Instead, Depp gushed about his engagement to actress Amber Heard and the unconventional ring he was wearing.

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Watch 9 Unforgettable Moments from David Letterman's Late Show | Late Show With David Letterman, David Letterman, Joaquin Phoenix

A David Letterman Highlight Reel: 9 Unforgettable Late Show Moments

Originally posted 04/04/2014 06:30AM

Late Show with David Letterman began its run as a consolation prize; it was no secret that the gig Letterman really wanted was The Tonight Show over at NBC. But over more than two decades on the air, the show transformed its host from a cult hero to a TV institution.

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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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