David Letterman has announced his retirement. No joke. The announcement pegs the ending of the show sometime in 2015. Thirty-four years and 5,914 shows later, the soon to be sixty-eight year old host is bidding a’dieu.
“A year from now, I’ll be on a beach with a metal detector,” Letterman joked, and continued to make fun of his pending departure:
“This weekend, my son is taking me to see senior centers,” “My retirement will not become official until [Survivor host] Jeff Probst blows out my torch,” and “It’s been tough doing this show since Regis[Philbin] passed away.” “Jan, my makeup artist, told me, ‘Dave, there’s really nothing more I can do.’ “
With Jay Leno no longer in the fight, and Letterman being 67 years old and hosting The Late Show for a long time, the decision makes sense, it just sort of came out of nowhere. Leno’s departure was a lengthy saga that had NBC practically dragging him out kicking and screaming more than once. Letterman is doing this on his own terms, it seems. I doubt CBS wants him to go, and now the question turns to who will replace him.