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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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Watch: Lady Gaga Stops by Late Show for a Selfie with Bill Murray | Bill Murray, David Letterman, Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga Stops by Late Show for a Selfie with Bill Murray

Originally posted 04/03/2014 09:45AM

Mother Monster, meet Mr. Murray.

Lady Gaga guested on the Late Show with David Letterman Wednesday, taking the opportunity to invite the audience to her own show at the nearby Roseland Ballroom.

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Watch David Letterman's Heart-Stopping Prank on Kristin Chenoweth | David Letterman, Kristin Chenoweth

UpdatePosted 04/02/2014 10:10AM

Watch David Letterman's Heart-Stopping April Fools' Prank on Kristin Chenoweth

Originally posted 04/02/2014 09:00AM

If Kristin Chenoweth never wanted to do The Late Show again, we'd understand.

The Broadway star was a guest on David Letterman's show Tuesday, and discussed an accident that occurred in 2012: A piece of lighting equipment fell on her on the set of The Good Wife, requiring an overnight hospital stay.

That's when Letterman pulled an April Fools' prank.

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The Most Censored Interview Ever: Madonna's 1994 Letterman Appearance Turns 20

Originally posted 03/31/2014 12:00PM

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On March 31, 1994, Madonna was a guest on the Late Show With David Letterman. What should have been a seemingly innocuous interview has become a piece of talk-show history.

Madge's language and behavior – including 14 F-bombs and her refusal to leave the stage – caused waves of controversy. Her profanity made the show the most-censored network talk show episode in history, but it was also one of the highest-rated of Letterman's career.

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Game of Thrones' Peter Dinklage Admits He Has Never Read the Books: Watch

UpdatePosted 03/27/2014 09:45AM

Watch: Game of Thrones Star Peter Dinklage Admits He Has Never Read the Books

Originally posted 03/27/2014 07:00AM

Someone hasn't done his homework.

Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage, who plays fan favorite Tyrion Lannister, visited The Late Show Wednesday, and confessed a shameful secret to David Letterman: He hasn't read the books the HBO series is based on.

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Josh Charles Kept Good Wife Secret for 'Entire Year'

Josh Charles Kept Good Wife Secret for 'Entire Year'

Originally posted 03/24/2014 11:15PM

SPOILER ALERT: The text below reveals major plot points to the Sunday, March 23, episode of The Good Wife.

"What the hell happened?!" exclaimed David Letterman, kicking off his Monday interview with Josh Charles with a question many Good Wife fans would like the answer to, as well.

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Kate Mara Gives Away Huge House of Cards Twist to David Letterman (Spoilers!) | Late Show With David Letterman, David Letterman, Kate Mara

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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PEOPLE's TV Critic: So Long, Farewell, Jay Leno – But It Was Time to Say Goodbye | Jay Leno

PEOPLE's TV Critic: So Long, Farewell, Jay Leno – But It Was Time to Say Goodbye

Originally posted 02/07/2014 06:15AM

Jay Leno left NBC's The Tonight Show after 22 years Thursday night with a farewell that included old friends Billy Crystal and Garth Brooks and – the one big stunt – a large surprise ensemble of guests (Oprah Winfrey, Kim Kardashian, Jack Black) singing novelty lyrics to "So Long, Farewell" from The Sound of Music.

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