Watch David Letterman Announce Official Retirement on Tonight's LATE SHOW


During the taping of tonight's LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN on CBS, David Letterman announced that he will soon be stepping down as host of the late night show.

Watch Letterman's historic announcement below:

Leslie Moonves, President and CEO of CBS Corporation issued the following statement regarding the news of Letterman's retirement:

"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. 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."

Throughout his career as host of the long-running CBS late night talkfest, Letterman has welcomed stars of both stage and screen. His show often concludes with performances from Broadway's hottest shows including the casts of Hair, Pippin, Once, Matilda, Catch Me If You Can and Book of Mormon.


One look at the LATE SHOW makes it apparent that the program, which is often imitated but never matched, is unlike any other talk show. With its commitment to showcasing the most sought-after stars in entertainment, music, sports and politics, as well as its around-the-town remotes and visits to local establishments, its surprise guest appearances, inventive comedy segments and signature Top Ten List, the LATE SHOW delivers an unpredictable hour of innovative viewing each night.

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