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David Letterman on Life After Retirement: Telephones Are Tricky, Father-Son Bonding Is 'Just Delightful'

David Letterman on Life After Retirement: Telephones Are Tricky, Father-Son Bonding Is 'Just Delightful'

Originally posted 06/15/2015 03:05PM

In his first interview after retiring from the Late Show last month, David Letterman told his hometown magazine, the Indianapolis Monthly, that retirement has been a bit of an adjustment.

"As it turns out, after all these years of having someone make my calls for me, I can no longer operate a telephone," Letterman, 68, said of having an assistant for the past 33 years.

He also says he's at a bit of a loss when it comes to his grooming.

"I don't know what to do with my hair, either. But I'll never wear makeup again, so that's no problem."

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David Letterman Calls Indy 500 Tribute the 'Highlight of My Career'

David Letterman Calls Indy 500 Tribute the 'Highlight of My Career'

Originally posted 05/25/2015 02:30PM

David Letterman is already enjoying the perks of retirement just four days after wrapping Late Show, cheering on his team at the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday in Indiana.

The longtime racing fan was honored by his IndyCar team, who paid tribute to the former Late Show host through caricature. A smiling, gap-toothed illustration of Letterman was added to driver Oriol Servia's No. 32 yellow car, with "Thanks, Dave" accompanying the Late Show logo, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Team members also wore gray t-shirts mimicking Letterman's famous "Top Ten" lists, instead counting down the reasons they love the talk show host.

"With everything that's happened, it's the highlight of my career," he said. "It's crazy it's the Indianapolis 500. Regrettable my face, but also my name on that car. It's just delightful."

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David Letterman's Wild Afterparty Outfit Is Almost as Memorable as the Final Episode Itself

David Letterman's Wild Afterparty Outfit Is Almost as Memorable as the Final Episode Itself

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

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David Letterman Just Retired – What Do We Do Now?

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David Letterman Just Retired – What Do We Do Now?

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.

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High-Profile Send-Off, Low-Key Exit: David Letterman Snuck out of His Final Show and Walked to the Afterparty

David Letterman Snuck out of His Final Show and Walked to the Afterparty

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."

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Conan O'Brien Thanks Letterman, Tells Viewers to Switch Over to Dave (VIDEO)

Originally posted 05/21/2015 07:55AM

Like every younger-generation late-night TV host, Conan O'Brien is indebted to David Letterman. And O'Brien dedicated a portion of his show Wednesday night to making sure his audience knew it, personally thanking Letterman for his work in the field the pair have made their home for years.

"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.

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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.

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James Corden Thanks David Letterman in Song, with Help from Sting (VIDEO)

Originally posted 05/21/2015 07:15AM

James Corden recruited Sting to help him send off David Letterman in style Wednesday night, performing a version of "Every Breath You Take" dedicated to Letterman, and filmed on a bench in front of the Ed Sullivan Theater, where The Late Show was filmed.

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Top 10 Highlights from David Letterman's Final Late Show

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Top 10 Highlights from David Letterman's Final Late Show

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.

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See How Celebs Are Saying Goodbye to David Letterman on Social Media

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Celebrities Flood David Letterman with Praise and Farewells on Social Media

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.

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