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David Letterman Announces Retirement

Apr 3, 2014 01:59 PM


David Letterman, 66, announced his plans to retire at a taping for The Late Show on Thursday in New York City. Letterman, who is the longest-serving late-night talk show host in TV history, told the audience his last show will take air in 2015.

Letterman started off his career as a stand-up comedian in the late 1970s, he got a morning show by 1980, and he began his late night career in 1982 on Late Night with David Letterman on NBC. In 1993, Letterman was famously bumped off the schedule for The Tonight Show, so he moved to CBS to host The Late Show with David Letterman after Jay Leno was hired to replace Johnny Carson on NBC.

According to a transcript issued by his PR rep, Letterman said:

    "The man who owns this network, Leslie Moonves, he and I have had a relationship for years and years and years, and we have had this conversation in the past, and we agreed that we would work together on this circumstance and the timing of this circumstance. And I phoned him just before the program, and I said ‘Leslie, it’s been great, you’ve been great, and the network has been great, but I’m retiring.' I just want to reiterate my thanks for the support from the network, all of the people who have worked here, all of the people in the theater, all the people on the staff, everybody at home, thank you very much. What this means now, is that Paul [Shaffer] and I can be married."

Ha! We're gonna miss him!

David Letterman And Jimmy Fallon Tape To Empty Audiences During Hurricane Sandy

Oct 30, 2012 11:10 AM


Hurricane Sandy is in the midst of causing wreckage and destruction on the East Coast, and although a number of events have been cancelled, for David Letterman and Jimmy Fallon the show must go on!

The talk show hosts soldiered on without their usual live studio audiences, but still brought to the table some huge celebrity guests! Funny man Fallon welcomed Seth Meyers, Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi, director Robert Zemeckis, and the band Imagine Dragons.

"I'm assuming that people at home will be watching either on their laptops or they're getting their generators out and they're gonna want to see... I want to leave room to laugh," Fallon joked.

True to form, Letterman poked fun at the natural disaster with a top 10 list of Rejected Names For The Storm, and then welcomed Flight actor Denzel Washington, who arrived in a yellow rain coat.

At least these comedian hosts kept their sense of humor!

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Super Bowl XLVI MVP Eli Manning Stops By The Late Show, Leaves With A Goodie Bag

Feb 7, 2012 06:30 AM

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Before he heads to Disney World to celebrate his big win, Super Bowl XLVI MVP Eli Manning stopped by The Late Show on Monday to chat with David Letterman, for his eighth consecutive year in a row.

The New York Giants quarterback lead his team to defeat against the New England Patriots in a 21-17 win on Sunday, in Indianapolis, and Manning has been celebrating in NYC with his team since they took home the trophy!

This year's game also marked Manning’s second MVP award, an honor he first received in the 2008 championship game against the Patriots.

Congrats to the New York Giants!

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Ashton Kutcher Dons Swat Gear To Meet David Letterman

Aug 25, 2011 10:05 AM

Admitting that "you can't be too careful," Ashton Kutcher went on the Late Show with David Letterman Wednesday night wearing a helmet and bulletproof vest with a "Not Dave" sticker across the front of it.

Last week, a Jihadist posted an video online that violently threatened Letterman because he's previously made fun of al-Qaida leaders.

The 33-year-old actor was on Dave's show to promote his new role on Two and a Half Men. With his SWAT gear off, Ashton admitted that he's feeling very good about the show's future success. "I think it’s going to go through the roof, I really do. I’ve been laughing really hard," he said during the interview.

We have faith in you too, Ashton - even though you wore a bow-tie last night.

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David Letterman Calls Donald Trump Racist, Considers Banning Him From Late Show

Apr 29, 2011 02:30 PM

David Letterman is adding his name to the long list of celebs who are putting Donald Trump on blast for making disparaging claims about President Obama.

When Letterman found out Dr. Phil, his guest on last night's show, was friendly with Trump, Dave took the opportunity to speak out on what he called The Donald's increasingly racist remarks, including Trump's questioning of not only Obama's birthplace, but whether the President's admittance into Harvard Law School was on his own merit.

“It’s all fun, it’s all a circus, it’s all a rodeo, until it starts to smack of racism. And then it’s no longer fun,” Letterman said to Dr. Phil. “So you thought it was racism?” Dr. Phil asked. “Well, yes,” Dave responded. “Do you consider him to be a racist?”

“I do not,” Dr. Phil said, explaining, “...I don’t think he always thinks everything through. I think sometimes he’s a little from the hip, and I don’t think he has a racist bone in this body.”

Letterman went on to say, “If he comes back on this show, and I am not sure we want him back on this show under these circumstances, he ought to be prepared to apologize just for that kind of behavior.”

Letterman isn't the only icon Trump is turning off. Another celeb recently called him a "pompous @sshole"! See who it was ... after the jump.

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Jennifer Garner Discusses Russell Brand's Anatomy With David Letterman

Apr 6, 2011 11:55 AM

Gorgeous Jennifer Garner stopped by The Late Show with David Letterman to promote her latest film Arthur, but talk quickly turned to co-star Russell Brand's anatomy.

When asked about a certain scene in which she's on all fours with the British comedian, Garner tells Letterman:

    "He was in his underwear, and they were very handsomely made. It was Russell and me, right behind him, on all fours. We did it over and over again, so I spent two days just right up against it. So I'm very familiar, in my own way, with the anatomy of Russell Brand -- and it's good."

Not sure how hubby Ben Affleck is handling that one. The dimpled 38-year-old cutie also tells Dave about her unusual job in college. Find out which job that was ... after the jump.

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Betty White Drinks Vodka With David Letterman

Jan 19, 2011 01:44 PM

'Nuff said! Watch the 89-year-old actress getting her drink on in the vid above.

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Katy Perry Shows Her Feathers On David Letterman

Aug 25, 2010 06:40 AM


Katy Perry gave a few lucky audience members a special performance last night for Live On Letterman, broadcast live online.

She didn't disappoint on the fashion front, with a peacock costume in the later part of her gig. You think she ever parades around at home in that with Russell???

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