NEW YORK — Latenight talkshow host David Letterman underwent successful multiple bypass surgery Friday and is expected to make a full recovery.
CBS will run old episodes of “The Late Show With David Letterman” until the 52-year-old host returns.
He has an “excellent prognosis for speedy and full recovery,” said spokesman Howard Rubenstein.
Though the performer’s personal physical, Dr. Louis J. Arrone, and his cardiologist, Dr. Martin Post, cannot yet determine how long the recovery will take, Letterman is expected to bounce back quickly, since he is a runner and otherwise in excellent health, Rubenstein said. It can, however, take several months to recover from extensive heart surgery.
“We’re thrilled that Dave’s surgery went well. He is a valued member of the CBS family and we love him. We are concerned first and foremost about his health, but we can’t wait until he’s back behind his desk where he belongs,” CBS said in a statement issued Friday.