Foo Fighters and Tina Fey among guests to appear on final ever Late Night with David Letterman
After 6,028 episodes as host of CBS’s Late Show, the iconic David Letterman has stepped down.
Late Night television has lost one of its most iconic figures after legendary host David Letterman stepped down as host of CBS’s Late Show last night. The 68-year-old had chaired the programme since August 1993 and, prior to that, Letterman served as host of NBC’s Late Night.
Letterman, known for his relaxed persona, became the longest running late night talk show host in US TV history back in 2013, eclipsing the great Johnny Carson.
“I’ll be honest with you, it’s beginning to look like I’m not going to get The Tonight Show”, Letterman joked in his monologue.
The comedian had been tipped to replace Carson as host of the US TV’s landmark show in 1993 before producers eventually opted to go with Jay Leno, forcing Letterman’s hand to jump ship to rival network CBS to directly compete with Leno.
Letterman’s Top Ten list - so long a signature of his show - was co-opted by a legion of famous names last night, including Alec Baldwin, Steve Martin, Jerry Seinfeld, Jim Carrey, Tina Fey and Bill Murray, to read the ‘Top 10 things I’ve always wanted to say to Dave’.
Foo Fighters, one of Letterman’s favourite bands, wrapped the show with a performance of their song ‘Everlong’.
New host Stephen Colbert will take over the hosting duties on September 8th.