08:17 AM EDT 10/10/2014
Originally posted 04/10/2014 12:35PM
Get ready for the late show with … Stephen Colbert.
Originally posted 04/10/2014 10:00AM
Originally posted 04/07/2014 03:00PM
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:
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.
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.
Originally posted 04/04/2014 08:50AM
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.
Originally posted 04/03/2014 05:30PM
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.'"
Originally posted 04/03/2014 09:45AM
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