David Letterman is a staple of late night TV, having been at the helm of The Late Show for 22 years now. However, all good things must come to an end and just today, he announced that he’ll be retiring from the show in 2015.
It was to CBS exec Les Moonves that Dave first broke the news, and he shared it with his audience in an episode due to air later tonight.
“[Les] and I have had a relationship for years and years and years, and we have had this conversation in the past, and we agreed that we would work together on this circumstance and the timing of this circumstance. And I phoned him just before the program, and I said ‘Leslie, it’s been great, you’ve been great, and the network has been great, but I’m retiring,’” said Letterman.
“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. What this means now, is that Paul and I can be married.”
Letterman added, “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,” he added, to a standing ovation from the audience in the Ed Sullivan Theater.