Top Ten Reasons to Savor Late Show With David Letterman. Numbers ten through one: David is retiring in 2015.
Per TVLine, the venerated late-night host made the surprise announcement this afternoon — during a taping of the episode airing tonight, April 3, at 11:35 p.m. ET — saying that he broke the news to CBS exec Les Moonves just before that taping.
"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 enthused. "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."
Dave made a name for himself through dozens of appearances on The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson in the late '70s and early '80s. In 1982, he became the host of Late Night in the post-Carson timeslot.
But then Jay Leno inherited The Tonight Show when Johnny retired in 1992, and David switched teams and started Late Show at CBS in 1993.
Dave helped earn Late Night and Late Show a total of 17 Emmys.
Les Moonves praised the 66-year-old in a statement released today: "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 … There is only one David Letterman."