David Letterman had announced his retirement from his show. He won’t be renewing his contract at the end of his contract this coming 2015. The announcement was done on his Thursday night’s episode. He noted that the management only found out that he will be retiring the same day of his announcement.
He called Leslie Moonves, the owner of CBS and told him about his retirement plan. The two of them have been working for years and they got a wonderful relationship, but this is inevitable as he is growing old.
Letterman said, “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, in fact, Paul and I will be wrapping things up.”
CBS CEO Les Moonves claimed that he knew that Dave would be retiring soon when he decided for a one-year extension for his most recent contract, but that doesn’t make things better for both of them. David had worked for him for 21 years as late night show host. David Letterman makes late night show fun than it used to be before; he graced the late night talk show. On top of that, he manages to keep most celebrities on their toes. Adding that there would only be one David Letterman and his greatness will forever be remembered. He is fortunate enough to have known someone like Dave. He knows that saying goodbye to a friend is tough, but he have no choice since its Dave’s decision and there is nothing that he can do.
The musical guest of the night, Mike Mills, was the first one to tweet about the news on his Twitter account.
After 39-year-old Jimmy Fallon’s takeover of The Tonight Show on NBC in February, Letterman is considered the oldest among the three late night network talk show hosts (Kimmel, 46, is at ABC).
Ratings wise, Fallon and Seth Meyers’ Late Night have been pounding on their competitors in the rating’s department.
It is too early to speculate on who will be replacing him as there are lots of talents that needs to be considered. The Late Late Show host Craig Ferguson (who is 51 years old) would be a great replacement for him. But, then again, CBS might opt for someone, who is younger in order to compete with the likes of Fallon and Kimmel.