It’s the end of an era.
David Letterman — the last of late night TV’s old guard — announced today he will retire in 2015 after a record-setting run of more than 31 years.
“The man who owns this network, Leslie Moonves, he and I have had a relationship for years and years and years, and we have had this conversation in the past, and we agreed that we would work together on this circumstance and the timing of this circumstance,” he told a stunned audience at New York’s Ed Sullivan Theater hours ago.
“I phoned him just before the program, and I said ‘Leslie, it’s been great, you’ve been great, and the network has been great, but I’m retiring,’”
The audience awarded him a standing ovation.
No word yet on a replacement, but names being tossed around social media include Craig Ferguson, Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart.
I’m pulling for Conan O’Brien, who succeeded Dave at NBC in 1993.
Who do you think should get the gig? Let us know by leaving a comment below.
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