Big news: Apparently, David Letterman plans on retiring from his post as the host of Late Show on CBS in 2015. This is sad news, but when it's all said and done, David Letterman will have hosted The Late Show for a total of 22 years—so the announcement kind of makes sense. It is being reported that during the taping for tonight's episode of The Late Show Letterman announced his retirement. He will continue acting as host through 2015.
According to a transcript issued by a PR rep, Letterman had this to say about his retirement:
David Letterman, during a taping of tonight’s Late Show, said that he informed Leslie Moonves, President and CEO of CBS Corporation, that he will step down as the host of the show in 2015, which is when his current contract expires.
“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. And 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,’” said Letterman.
“I just want to reiterate my thanks for the support from the network, all of the people who have worked here, all of the people in the theater, all the people on the staff, everybody at home, thank you very much. What this means now, is that Paul and I can be married.”
“We don’t have the timetable for this precisely down – I think it will be at least a year or so, but sometime in the not too distant future, 2015 for the love of God, in fact, Paul and I will be wrapping things up,” he added, to a standing ovation from the audience in the Ed Sullivan Theater.
David Letterman is truly one of the best late night TV has ever seen. We'll be sad to see him go.