David Letterman Announces His Retirement From The Late Show [HD]
David Letterman Announces His Retirement
The Late Showwill soon be in need of a new host, as David Letterman will be stepping down after 21 years with the broadcast. In his announcement last night, he expressed his gratitude to CBS and others, saying, "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." Though his goodbye speech had an air of finality about it, he's contracted through 2015, so he'll manThe Late Showdesk for at least another year.
Leslie Moonves, chief executive of the network, had nothing but good things to say about the host in a statement issued shortly after the news broke. "There is only one David Letterman. His greatness will always be remembered here," Moonves shared. "Dave has given television audiences thousands of hours of comedic entertainment, the sharpest interviews in late night and brilliant moments of candor and perspective around national events. He's also managed to keep many celebrities, politicians and executives on their toes—including me."
Letterman's retirement inevitably started the conversation about who his replacement will be. It seems the frontrunner is Conan O'Brien, whose TBS contract also expires in 2015. This would allow him to seamlessly move from his current show,Conan,toTheLate Showspot. But he'll have to beat out Craig Ferguson, host ofThe Late Late Showon CBS. According toThe New York Times, Ferguson has a clause in his contract which would allow him to inherit Letterman's spot, should he want it. The network can get around this if they instead give Ferguson an undisclosed sum of money.
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