After 33 years on late night television – hosting both CBS’s “The Late Show” and NBC’s “Late Night” – David Letterman signed off for the last time on May 20.
While the show produced no tears from Mr. Letterman, it was an emotional ending as he called “The Late Show” “the most important show of my life.” The CEO of CBS, Les Moonves, came on stage to personally thank Letterman, and although the show ran 17 minutes over its one-hour time slot, CBS made room for its star’s farewell.
The show began with a presidential send-off. A clip from Gerald Ford’s inaugural address stated that “our long national nightmare is over” – a sentiment echoed by George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush until President Barack Obama added “Letterman is retiring.” A concerned Letterman then entered to ask “you’re just kidding, right?” READ MORE.