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.
Oprah Winfrey was on David Letterman’s last Friday night show of The Late Show and he had a very important question for her? He asked, “With regard to the girls that you have in school in South Africa and yourself and society and culture generally, what do you think of smoking weed? Are you smoking?” Her reaction is priceless. It is like, WTF is going on here? When she comprehended what he just asked her that, she replied, “Actually no. I haven’t smoked weed in 30 years, really.”
Then the two of them exchanged stories about what they ate to feed their munchies. He ate 2 pints of ice cream and she downed a sleeve of Oreo cookies. That’s all? That ain’t nothing. But then again that is not the same stuff we have now.
BTW can you imagine them high together? That would be so much fun! I am sure he would be asking her to scream his name over and over and she would ask him to say, “Oprah Uma, Uma Oprah!” And they would laugh and laugh as they dipped their Oreos into to the ice cream!
Let’s be frank, we all pictured George Clooney using a pair of handcuffs in the bedroom with his lovers, but tonight he used a pair on a man. The Oscar winner doesn’t want David Letterman to retire from The Late Show, so he handcuffed himself to the CBS late night host. Then once they were attached at the wrists, Clooney threw the key into the audience. Only problem is, he didn’t think the whole plan through. Now they are stuck with each other until someone finds the key or they get so sick of each other that one of them gnaws his hand off to break free. Hopefully, one of them saw Saw or 127 Hours for some ideas on how to get out of their situation.
Yesterday was Tina Fey’s last appearance on The Late Show and she wanted to give David Letterman something special to remember her by. So she gave him the dress she was wearing, right then and there, and told him she would never ever wear another dress on any other late night talk show.
Once the dress was off her, her Spanx had a message for the departing CBS host. It read, “Bye Dave” in the front and “#LastDressEver” on the back.
How did he like his present? What do you think? He loved it!
I try my hardest to never repeat myself with the Before They Were Famous posts, but in the case I have to. That’s because Michael Keaton talked about his experience working on Mary Tyler Moore’s Variety Show with David Letterman during his last appearance on The Late Show. The two established men spent several minutes talking about how horrible it was, and then they finally showed the clip from the short lived 1978 variety show that also included Swoozie Kurtz. After you watch the clip, you will see why it was short lived.
To see the original post and the full amazing song and dance number, then click here. You will be very glad you did.
Every time that Jungle Jack Hannah has been on either Late Night or The Late Show with David Letterman, it has always been an experience. Yesterday, it was the animal trainer’s last time on the CBS show and they created a montage of his best moments on both of them.
These two are the reason why I love animal segments so much on late night television. Johnny Carson was good, but Letterman’s are so much better. I am going to miss them. Maybe they can do animal segments in Letterman’s basement after he retires and put them up on the internet. I know I would tune in every time they had one.
So if you need to put a smile on your face today, press play and enjoy. And if you get a tear in your eye, know you are not alone because Jungle Jack got emotional over the tribute too. How can you not?