When I heard that Jay Leno was retiring I wasn’t that sad, to be honest. Sure, he was funny at times, but honestly speaking, he kind of annoyed me. On the other hand, I will miss David Letterman when he retires next year. I just really enjoyed his personality and the way he conducted interviews with a ton of famous faces. Not to mention the fact that “Late Show with David Letterman” takes place in New York City, and I have a special place in my heart for any show that takes place in the Big Apple.
The 66-year-old made the announcement that he would be stepping down next year during a taping of Thursday’s episode. He will be retiring after 33 years as a late night host, and in fact, he will have been the longest serving late-night talk show host in TV history. Before he joined the “Late Show” in 1993, he was a host of “Late Night with David Letterman” from 1982 to 1993.
According to a source closely connected to Letterman, “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon indirectly gave Letterman the final nudge.
“David is older now; he had heart surgery some time ago and sees both Jimmy Kimmel [of ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”] as well as the more formidable Jimmy Fallon now gaining on him…” the insider told FOX411. “Fallon is getting record ratings so Letterman will segue out while he’s still on top. It’s dignified. If Fallon weren’t so hot, he might have stuck around longer.”
On Thursday’s episode, Letterman told the audience: “The man who owns this network, Leslie Moonves, he 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.”
He also said, “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.”
After the news broke, other famous figures were quick to offer their congratulations on Twitter.
Jimmy Kimmel said, “David @Letterman is the best there is and ever was.”
Ellen DeGeneres said, “David @Letterman announced he’s retiring in 2015. It’s been 31 incredible years. Television won’t be the same without you, Dave.”
President Barack Obama said, “There are more than 10 reasons #DavidLetterman will be missed.”
THZ’s very own Jason Robinson said that he liked the “stupid human tricks” segment on Letterman’s show, and my favorite segment was the “top 10 list.”
When it comes to memorable guests, I’d have to say that President Obama, Johnny Depp, Jerry Seinfeld, Janet Jackson, and Paul McCartney immediately come to mind.
Of course, the next question is who will be replacing Letterman, right? Well, Stephen Colbert and Chelsea Handler are two people that are good contenders, in my opinion. Colbert’s contract at Comedy Central ends this year, and I think he’s brilliant at anything he does. Handler will be leaving E!, so she’s up for grabs. It goes without saying that she could hold her own at anything she does.
I actually also would love to see Craig Ferguson take over for Letterman. He’s hilarious, and his show is on so late that I don’t always get to catch it. Let’s move him up an hour!
Who do you think should replace Letterman? Will you miss seeing him on your TV screens once he retires?
Here’s a video of some top moments on his show: