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David Letterman Announces Retirement
During the taping of tonight's April 3, 2014 Late Show with David Letterman, David Letterman announced his retirement. David Letterman has hosted television for 34 years and 5,914 shows.
Letterman who turns 67 in 9 days (April 12, 2014) included Paul in his reflection of making television. The stats in those years include:
4014 shows @ CBS
1810 shows @ NBC
90 Morning shows
Letterman created Late Show with David Letterman in 1993 for CBS. He started at NBC as the first Late Show host in 1982 and ran until 1992 the same year the show won a Peabody award. Both the NBC and CBS shows have been nominated for 108 Emmy's collectively winning 8 times. David Letterman was personally recognized in 2012 as a Kennedy Center Honoree.
Paul asked how many morning shows? "90" Dave says. When Dave asked Paul why he was not a part of morning shows... "Why is that?" Paul said, "Couldn't get up that early."
In concluding, his announcement peppered with thank you words to staff, network, crew, audience in studio and at home; he gave a sense of his exit strategy.
"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 said as the audience was on their feet in ovation inside the Ed Sullivan Theater.
A clip of his retirement announcement can be seen here:
You can tune in to watch tonight's complete show on CBS as Dave welcomes Johnny Depp and Joseph Arthur.