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PostPosted: April 4th, 2014, 9:14 am 
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Late-night TV's longest-running host is riding off into the sunset. David Letterman
announced his retirement as the host of CBS' Late Show during an afternoon taping
of the next broadcast. He will remain host until 2015, when the 2-yr contract he inked
in 2013 expires.

The news was first broken via a tweet from Mike Mills, bassist of R.E.M. through
their breakup in 2011. Mills was on hand as the night's musical guest, performing
with singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur.

When Letterman broke the news, he mentioned calling CBS president/CEO Leslie
Moonves earlier today to thank him for his support. While he assured he'll be staying
with the program into 2015, he was unsure of his particular end date. After delivering
the news, Letterman received a well-deserved standing ovation from the studio audience.

Letterman's exit will provide yet another jolt to the late-night talk show landscape, which
underwent a massive transformation earlier this year with Jimmy Fallon replacing longtime
leader Jay Leno as the host of The Tonight Show. Seth Meyers took over for Fallon on Late
Night in late February, exiting from his role with NBC's Saturday Night Live.

Letterman has been with CBS' Late Show for the past 21 years.

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PostPosted: April 4th, 2014, 10:52 am 
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Letterman was getting stale (or I grew up) before he left NBC. Good riddance.

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PostPosted: April 4th, 2014, 12:35 pm 
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Watched Letterman a lot when I was younger because that's what my parents watched. I became more of a guy that enjoyed the later shows though... Conan and Fallon. I'm now watching Fallon on Tonight. I do like Conan still but don't watch very often.

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PostPosted: April 4th, 2014, 7:49 pm 
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I like Letterman, but don't watch him much anymore unless he has a guest I'm particularly interested in. Colbert is on at the same time as the first half of Letterman and I usually The Daily Show and the Colbert Report then go to bed. I really like Jimmy Fallon, too.

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PostPosted: April 10th, 2014, 10:36 am 
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I don't watch Letterman nearly as often as I used to but still tune in occasionally. His show on NBC was an acquired taste for me but once I got it, I always made it a point to catch the show. He definitely did a lot to challenge the norm of what it meant to have a late night talk show and for that alone, I admire him. A lot of that edginess that made the show so compelling in the early days soon fell by the wayside (especially once he went to CBS) but he was still the best of the lot. That said, I grew up watching Carson in the 70's. He'll always be the King of Late Night to me, with Letterman coming in a close second.

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Stephen Colbert Will Replace David Letterman as Host of The Late Show

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PostPosted: April 10th, 2014, 12:04 pm 
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I like Colbert a lot. It will be interesting to see how he does the late night show though. He plays a character on his Comedy Central show, which he won't do obviously on the Late Show. But you can tell when he interviews guests that he's very naturally funny and quick-witted.

I'll probably watch Fallon over Colbert most of the time, but I like both of them.

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I'm a big Colbert fan. It'll be interesting to see how he does as the real guy and not the character he plays on the Colbert Report.

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