Shocking news for late night TV fans in Fresno and all of the country today as David Letterman, the longest-serving late-night talk show host in TV history, has just announced his retirement.
As reported by TMZ, Letterman made the announcement during the taping of his show Thursday in New York, telling the audience his last show will take place in 2015. He told the audience that he was turning 67 and that he wants to spend more time with his family. Letterman went on to say he'd be retiring in the next year or two. He said that he started in the business when he was 34, and therefore had been doing it for half his life, and that now it was time to be with his son. I should be noted that the audience thought he was joking because he did say, "Finally Paul and I can get married."
Letterman's guest that night, Johnny Depp, then came on and told him that people backstage were weeping, indicating that, Dave's staff knew of the announcement and many of them were backstage.
David Letterman first began his Hollywood career as a stand-up comedian in the late 1970s, appearing several times on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. He got his own morning show in 1980 and began his own legendary late night career in 1982 on NBC with Late Night with David Letterman. In 1993, Letterman made the move to CBS to host The Late Show with David Letterman, after Jay Leno was chosen to replace Johnny Carson on NBC.
Letterman's CBS contract is scheduled to expire next year and that Letterman will not be re-upping.
It should be noted that this announcement comes nearly two months after Letterman's long-time rival, Jay Leno, stepped down as host of The Tonight Show to make way for current host Jimmy Fallon. This seems the be the end of an television era as two late night step down from their thrones to pass the torch to the next generation. This examiner will certainly miss them both as their respective places in television history is assured.
This examiner would like to congratulate David Letterman on such a long and successful career and would like to wish him and his family the best of luck.