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David Letterman done: Talk show host announces retirement plans

Epic shift in late night television is complete with Letterman's retirement.
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David Letterman has responded to the immense success seen at rival "Tonight Show" since Jimmy Fallon took over for Jay Leno. On April 4, Letterman announced that he would also be joining the retirement club when his contract runs out in 2015 according to the Los Angeles Times.

It looks as if Letterman saw the changing of the guard at the "Tonight Show" as a sign of the times. Rather than cling to "The Late Show" and watch his ratings dwindle down, Letterman is opting to go out voluntarily. Many had wondered given his age, if Letterman would renew his contract again this year or call it quits. Now we have our answer.

The big question now is who will fill his shoes? Many have taken to Twitter to give their suggestion for Letterman's successor. One thing is for sure, whoever fills his already huge shoes better be ready because Jimmy Fallon is wildly popular and has actively taken viewers from "The Late Show" since his premiere a month ago.

Some suggestions floating around the internet include the likes of Jimmy Kimmel, Bill Simmons and Louis C.K. Oddly, no one is suggesting that Conan O'Brien make the jump.

So the Portland TV Examiner has a prediction and/or suggestion for Letterman's successor. You heard it here first... Chelsey Handler for "The Late Show." The timing is perfect since Handler just announced that she will not be renewing her contract with the E! Network for her show "Chelsea Lately."

What do you think of David Letterman's retirement? Would you replace him with Chelsea Handler or someone else? Tell us what you think in the comments below.

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