THE face of late night TV is retiring. A new report claims that David Letterman, who has hosted the ‘Late Show’ since 1992, announced on April 3 that he will be stepping down from the show in 2015.
We only have so many Top Ten lists to go. David Letterman, who’s hosted the Late Show for 22 years, revealed that he will be retiring from the CBS late night show next year in 2015. The massively famous host announced his plans to say goodbye during the taping of his April 3 show, according to our sister site Variety.
David Letterman Announces Retirement — Stepping Down in 2015
Letterman re-upped his late night contract with CBS in 2013, inking a two-year deal. Now it appears that when the contract runs out, the late night star will not be renewing it.
As of next year, Letterman will have hosted the Late Show for 22 years. Prior to that, he spent 11 years as the host of NBC’s Late Night before famously being passed over to replace Johnny Carson as host of The Tonight Show. With the news so fresh, no replacements for Letterman have been discussed.
The news broke when Mike Mills, the musician appearing on April 3’s show, tweeted about the announcement:
Dave just announced his retirement #2015 #muchlovedave
— Mike Mills (@m_millsey) April 3, 2014
Late Night TV Changing Completely
Letterman’s retirement caps off what has been a huge shift in the late night landscape. Jay Leno stepped down from The Tonight Show in 2013 and was replaced by Jimmy Fallon, who had been the host of Late Night. The vacant spot left open by Jimmy’s promotion was then filled by Seth Meyers, who came over from Saturday Night Live. So by the time Letterman steps down, late night TV will look more different than it has in decades.
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— Andrew Gruttadaro