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David Letterman announces retirement on Thursday's show

Oprah Winfrey visits the Late Show with David Letterman (Photo by John Paul Filo/CBS via Getty Images) Photo: Image by CBS via Getty Images

David Letterman announces retirement on Thursday's show

By Phyllis Stark. CREATED Apr 3, 2014
Longtime CBS late night talk show host David Letterman is set to shelve the Top 10 lists and Stupid Pet Tricks next year. He announced plans to retire in 2015 during a taping of his “The Late Show” Thursday afternoon (airing Thursday night).
 
CNN Money reports that CBS is expected to issue a statement before tonight’s airing. Word leaked out, CNN reports, when performer Mike Mills, who was at the taping, tweeted the news: "Dave just announced his retirement #2015 #muchlovedave.” Mills is a former member of R.E.M. and current member of band The Baseball Project.
 
“What exactly Letterman says about his decision on ‘The Late Show’ is not yet known,” CNN reports.
 
The announcement comes only weeks after Letterman’s longtime (and sometimes bitter) rival, Jay Leno, was ousted from NBC’s “The Tonight Show” in favor of Jimmy Fallon.
 
“Last fall, Letterman extended his contract through 2015; news reports at the time said he gave no indication that it would be his last contract,” CNN reports.
 
Letterman has hosted "The Late Show" since 1993, and previously hosted a similar show at NBC.
 
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Phyllis Stark

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Phyllis Stark is the Digital Executive Producer - National Content for Journal Broadcast Group.