Late night host David Letterman signed off from the Late Show for the final time last night. The television legend’s career has spanned thirty-three years and 6,028 episodes dating back to Late Night on NBC in 1982.
Letterman began his career in radio before moving to television as a reporter and a weatherman. The Indianapolis born comic saw his career in comedy take off as a frequent guest on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, eventually becoming a regular guest host.
Letterman’s shows were nominated for a combined 112 Emmy Awards throughout the years, winning 16 overall.
His final show included a star studded “Top Ten” list delivered by frequent guests Bill Murray, Peyton Manning, Steve Martin, Alec Baldwin, Tina Fey, Chris Rock, Barbara Walters, Jim Carrey, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Jerry Seinfeld.
Letterman kept true to his self-deprecating style throughout the program but ended with a humble message for viewers.
“The people who watch this show, there’s nothing I can do to ever repay you,” Letterman said. “Thank you for everything. You’ve given me everything. Thank you again.”
Before signing off for the final time, Letterman tells a story about how the Foo Fighters canceled a tour in South America to come back and perform for his first show after returning from open heart surgery. The band came back to perform for the final episode of the Late Show with David Letterman.
“All right, that’s pretty much all of I’ve got,” Letterman concludes. “The only thing I have left to do for the last time on a television program — thank you, and good night.”
Dave’s Final Monologue
“Top Ten Things I’ve Always Wanted to Say To David Letterman”
Foo Fighters Performance
Dave’s Farewell Message