09:39 AM EDT 05/22/2015
Originally posted 05/21/2015 11:25AM
From the lemon blazer to the pinstriped PJ pants, the talk show host went out in (relative) style
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 08:50AM
Moments after taping his final Late Show ever, David Letterman was walking the streets of Manhattan like any other New Yorker.
Reportedly using a fake limousine as a decoy, the notoriously low-key host actually snuck through Angelo's Pizza, next door to the Ed Sullivan Theater, and walked the few blocks from Broadway and West 53rd Street to the afterparty at the Museum of Modern Art on 53rd between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, according to the Daily News.
There, he mingled with friends and stars including Steve Martin, Tina Fey and Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl. Not much else was known about the afterparty, with the guests generally staying off social media during the event. A reporter for The Wrap said he was told Letterman, 68, "only stayed for a bit."
Originally posted 05/21/2015 07:55AM
"If you have ever liked any silly or stupid thing that I've done on TV over the 22 years, you must know that it probably never, never would have happened if it weren't for Dave," O'Brien said. "We will not see a man of his talents and comedic integrity again in our lifetimes," he added.
David Letterman's Emotional Tribute to His Wife and Son: 'I Love You Both and Really Nothing Else Matters, Does It?'
Originally posted 05/21/2015 07:30AM
In an uncharacteristically tender moment, David Letterman thanked his family as he signed off the Late Show for the last time after more than three decades behind the desk.
The episode featured plenty of celebrity guest stars, but Letterman, 68, only had eyes for his wife and son.
Originally posted 05/21/2015 07:15AM
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."
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