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David Letterman makes big announcement
CBS NEWS It's the end of an era: David Letterman announced Thursday that he's retiring from CBS' "Late Show" sometime next year.
He made that announcement during the taping of his program Thursday afternoon at New York's Ed Sullivan Theater.
"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," he said at the taping.
And in true Letterman-style, the Indiana native made a joke about band leader and "Late Show" sidekick Paul Shaffer: "What this means now, is that Paul and I can be married."
Letterman, who's the longest running late-night talk show host in U.S. TV history, said, "We don't have the timetable for this precisely down -- I think it will be at least a year or so, but sometime in the not too distant future, 2015 for the love of God, in fact, Paul and I will be wrapping things up."
Les Moonves, president and CEO of CBS Corporation, said in a statement: "When Dave decided on a one-year extension for his most recent contract, we knew this day was getting closer, but that doesn't make the moment any less poignant for us. For 21 years, David Letterman has graced our Network's air in late night with wit, gravitas and brilliance unique in the history of our medium. During that time, 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."
Moonves added, "There is only one David Letterman. His greatness will always be remembered here, and he will certainly sit among the pantheon of this business. On a personal note, it's been a privilege to get to know Dave and to enjoy a terrific relationship. It's going to be tough to say goodbye. Fortunately, we won't have to do that for another year or so. Until then, we look forward to celebrating Dave's remarkable show and incredible talents."
The late-night talk show host, who will celebrate his 67th birthday next week, made his debut on the "Late Show" on Aug. 30, 1993.
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