David Letterman’s departure from the late-night realm will end an unmatched run on television. During a taping of Thursday’s edition of “Late Show,” Letterman startled his audience with the news that he will step down in 2015, when his current contract with CBS expires.
See Letterman’s announcement here:
What he’ll be wrapping up is three decades on the air — the longest tenure of any late-night talk show host in U.S. television history — since he launched “Late Night” at NBC in 1982.
Since premiering with “Late Show” in 1993, Letterman, who turns 67 next week, has reigned at Broadway’s Ed Sullivan Theater, a historic venue nearly a century old that was famously home to “The Ed Sullivan Show.”