VIDEO: David Letterman announces retirement from Late Show in 2015
David Letterman will retire from the Late Show at CBS in 2015.
Letterman announced his plan during a taping of “The Late Show” on Thursday afternoon. A video of his announcement was posted to YouTube Thursday evening.
Letterman has hosted the show for 32 years.
Letterman said an exact date had not been determined for when he would retire, but that it would be at some point in 2015.
A CBS spokesman declined to comment. Letterman’s announcement initially leaked out when a performer, Mike Mills, who was at the taping of “The Late Show” tweeted out the news. “Dave just announced his retirement,” Mills wrote.
The announcement comes just weeks after Letterman’s longtime rival, Jay Leno, retired from the NBC “Tonight Show.” Leno was replaced by 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.