Get ready for another late-night shake-up. David Letterman is preparing to retire from “The Late Show” in 2015, the comedian announced Thursday.
The host, who turns 67 this month, plans to say goodnight to his hosting duties once his current contract expires next year. The news, which first leaked via Twitter, was later confirmed by Tom Keaney, a spokesman for Letterman’s production company, Worldwide Pants. Before a “Late Show” audience at the Ed Sullivan Theater in Manhattan, Letterman revealed how he had called CBS chief executive Les Moonves to say he would be retiring.
“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,” Letterman said. “What this means now, is that Paul and I can be married.”
Moonves also released a statement, calling Letterman’s decision “poignant. “There is only one David Letterman. His greatness will always be remembered here, and he will certainly sit among the pantheon of this business,” he said.
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