David Letterman has announced his retirement from his iconic "The Late Show" nightly talk show after more than two decades in that job and more than three decades on the late night variety show scene. The comedian's contract is set to expire next year and Letterman will continue on through until its end.
During Thursday's taping of the show Letterman revealed that he had informed CBS CEO Leslie Moonves that he would be stepping down from his coveted chair in 2015. In a statement, Letterman says:
"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.'
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 [Shaffer] 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."