Saying Goodbye, David Letterman to retire from Late Show in 2015
Just as Jay Leno stepped down from his Late Night series, David Letterman is saying goodbye as well. The long-standing host of the Late Show made the confirmation announcement during a taping of Thursday’s show in California.
Naturally all eyes turn to CBS and who will step-in to replace the iconic figure that has held the throne for so long. Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert and Craig Ferguson (who currently sits at 12:30pm on CBS after Dave) are all possible choices, as their contracts are up either this year or in 2015.
The official statement from Leslie Moonves, CEO and President of CBS states:
“When Dave decided on a one-year extension for his most recent contract, we knew this day was getting closer, but that doesn’t make the moment any less poignant for us. 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. During that time, Dave has given television audiences thousands of hours of comedic entertainment, the sharpest interviews in late night, and brilliant moments of candor and perspective around national events. He’s also managed to keep many celebrities, politicians and executives on their toes – including me. There is only one David Letterman. His greatness will always be remembered here, and he will certainly sit among the pantheon of this business. On a personal note, it’s been a privilege to get to know Dave and to enjoy a terrific relationship. It’s going to be tough to say goodbye. Fortunately, we won’t have to do that for another year or so. Until then, we look forward to celebrating Dave’s remarkable show and incredible talents.”