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David Letterman Hints at Retiring CBS and "The Late Show".


(SNN) - During the taping of “The Late Show” Thursday, David Letterman revealed that he has discussed with CBS president Les Moonves, that there was a possibility that he is retiring.

Letterman announced he had a conversation with Moonves saying, “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'.'"

Letterman did not reveal a date for his retirement but intimated, "I think it will be at least a year or so, but sometime in the not too distant future."

The news comes within weeks of Letterman's rival, Jay Leno, retiring from the NBC "Tonight Show." Jay Leno was replaced by Jimmy Fallon.

In 1969, Letterman entered the TV biz as an announcer and popular weatherman at WTHR, then WLWI for ABC in Indianapolis, Indiana. But in 1982 he became an instant hit when he changed the face and tempo of late night talk shows with his edgy show on NBC, "Late Night with David Letterman." When Johnny Carson of the Tonight Show announced his retirement in 1992, Letterman was overlooked by NBC, and Jay Leno was chosen.

Along with Band leader Paul Shaffer, Letterman moved over to CBS to host the “The Late Show” and the rivalry was on. "The Late Show" has since been nominated for 72 Emmy Awards and has won nine.

As funny as ever, Letterman concluded his announcement of his pending retirement with, "What this means now is that Paul and I can be married."


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