Before David Letterman hosted late night TV for over 33 years, he was trying to make it as an actor. Imagine if the then 32 year old had gotten the role in that legendary 1980 movie? We never would’ve gotten Late Night and The Late Show and late night TV would probably not be around today.
Earlier this year, David Letterman retired from late night after 33 years, so money is not rolling in for him like it used to. How is he going to earn some cash? By the looks of his beard, it seems like he might be working as Santa Claus this holiday season. What do you think? Denis Leary seems to think that he went Amish.
Before Donald Trump couldn’t stop telling people how much he is worth, he had no idea how much he was worth on Late Night with David Letterman. He is just as pompous now as he was when he was 41 during that 1987 talk show appearance.
Steve Martin and Martin Short are touring the country together and yesterday they brought out a surprise guest in San Antonio. That person is the recently retired David Letterman. The former late night host admitted he was enjoying his new employment status until Donald Trump announced that he was running for President. So how is he going to let the world know how he feels? He joined two old friends on stage and read a Top Ten about it that will have you laughing so hard, you wish he could get his old show back! Can he?
After an amazing 33 years and 2 networks, David Letterman said “Thank you and good night,” for the very last time yesterday on The Late Show. The talk show ended its legendary run in a way that proves why late night will never be the same without him. It was a pure class, lots of laughs and even a few tears. So sit back and watch the magic happen in a way that only he could make work.
Thank you David Letterman, and I know this is not good night…with a little luck that is!
Tonight at 11:35p on CBS, David Letterman is saying goodbye to late night after 33 years, a third of a century. Not only has he influenced many people, he has been a big part of all of the remaining talk show hosts’ lives. Jimmy Kimmel was obsessed with him since he was a teenager. Conan O’Brien would still not be on the air had Letterman not come on to Late Night to save it. Ellen DeGeneres and Jimmy Fallon were guests on his show when they were starting out. Finally, Seth Meyers wouldn’t have a show if Jay Leno didn’t screw Letterman out of The Tonight Show.
So in the last few days, all of the above took time out of their shows to rightfully salute their hero. So watch them pay tribute to the man who they all have to thank for their jobs. Without him Kimmel would still be doing radio, Conan would be writing for The Simpsons, Fallon would be doing unwatchable movies, Ellen would have another sitcom and Meyers would still be on Saturday Night Live. Come to think of it… Joking, they are all better when they are!
Bill Murray was David Letterman’s first guest on NBC’s Late Night and CBS’s The Late Show, so it is only fitting that he was his last guest. Murray always does something wacky and fun whenever he is on the talk show, and tonight was no different. Scrooge made everyone happy when he came out of a huge cake. Proving you can have your cake and eat it too, if you host late night talk shows for 33 years.
Before David Letterman had 2 late night national talk shows, he had one on Saturday mornings in Indianapolis and he also did weather at the same station, WLWI now WTHR. Even in his mid-20’s back in the early ’70s, you could tell he was going to be a star who would change television forever.