WATCH: David Letterman Announces His Retirement From the ‘Late Show’

On Thursday, David Letterman announced his plans to retire after 32 years as a late night host.

“We don’t have the timetable for this precisely down,” he said. “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.”

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Letterman hosted the “Late Show” on CBS for 22 years after logging 11 years as host of NBC’s “Late Night” before famously being passed over at NBC for Johnny Carson’s throne on “The Tonight Show” — over Carson’s objection.

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“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 told the audience. “What this means now, is that Paul and I can be married.”

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  1. cadavra says:

    You DO realize that that’s just a character he plays, and that he’s a brilliant musician and producer who can continue to work full-time in the recording industry and perhaps even do some concerts and touring.

  2. Jim says:

    Letterman is nothing more than a political hack for the Democratic Party… He is not a funny man, he seems to be a miserable man quite frankly….I will not miss him or his lousy show at all. I’m sure msLSD will pick him up! that is where this washed up liberal belongs! right next to Rocco madow

  3. PAT TIERNEY says:

    As much as I enjoyed his CBS show his NBC show holds a special place for me.

    The 360 degree show, dog night in the control room, elevator races, Harmon Killerbrew Night with Liberace, shower cam with Teri Garr, The Fugitive guy, Friday night mail, Just Bulbs,and of course Larry ‘Bud’ Melman to name a few

    Mr. Letterman you sorely be missed!!!

  4. kal says:

    Great news.another liberal off the air

    • Davefan says:

      Yeah, I’m sure they’ll replace him with someone whose politics you find acceptable. Like … Dennis Miller?

  5. lsbrew says:

    Now he can go back to being a weatherman in Indy.

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