News comes the morning after his replacement, Stephen Colbert, hosted CBS’ Late Late Show replacement, James Corden, on his current Comedy Central show The Colbert Report — and two days after Colbert hosted President Obama, the night after hosting the Kennedy Center Honors ceremony, for broadcast on CBS.
“David Letterman has given to all of us a remarkable legacy of achievement and creative brilliance that will never be forgotten,” CBS Corp President and CEO Leslie Moonves said in today’s announcement. “It’s going to be tough to say goodbye, but I know we will all cherish the shows leading up to Dave’s final broadcast in May.”
The longest-tenured late night talk show host at more than 32 years, Letterman has hosted his CBS show for 22 years. Taping his broadcast last April 3, he surprised everyone, including the network, by announcing he would retire in 2015. Since its CBS premiere on August 30, 1993, Letterman’s Late Show has won nine Emmy Awards and a hefty 73 Emmy nominations. Letterman debuted on the late-night scene February 1, 1982 with the premiere of his groundbreaking Late Night With David Letterman, which ran on NBC for more than 11 years and was honored with five Emmys.
As of May 20, 2015, Letterman will have hosted 6,028 total episodes of both Late Night and Late Show.
From today’s announcement:
Widely credited with redefining the talk show genre, Letterman is one of the most influential, acclaimed and honored personalities in television history. In December 2012, Letterman was an honoree at the prestigious “35th Annual Kennedy Center Honors,” which recognizes recipients for their lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts in dance, music, theater, opera, motion pictures and television. In 1992, he received the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award for taking “one of TV’s most conventional and least inventive forms – the talk show – and infusing it with freshness and imagination.” In March 2011, Letterman was awarded the prestigious Johnny Carson Award for Comedic Excellence at Comedy Central’s first annual “The Comedy Awards.” Letterman has also won two American Comedy Awards as Funniest Male Performer in a Television Series, and in 2012, he received the Career Achievement Award from the Television Critics Association.
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