David Letterman’s Last Late Show Opening Monologue — WATCH VIDEO HERE!
David Letterman delivered his very last “Late Show” monologue on Wednesday, during his final episode as host of the historic show. Watch below.
Letterman walked onto the stage at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City and was greeted with an extended standing ovation, even as he motioned for the crowd to sit down (see photo right). When the cheering and applause finally stopped, the beloved host cracked, “See, now what happens, we don’t have time for the ‘giving gifts to the audience’ segment,” before self-deprecatingly saying, “It’s beginning to look like I’m not going to get ‘The Tonight Show.'” He went on to joke that his next gig will be as the “new face of Scientology.” And referring to band leader Paul Shaffer, Letterman joked, “We are going to continue in show business. Next month in June… Paul and I will be debuting our new act at Caesar’s Palace with our white tigers.”
Reflecting on the series, Letterman said Stephen Hawking added it up, and in 33 years, “there’s been eight minutes of comedy.” He later joked that when the show started, the most popular show on television was “Keeping Up with the Gabors.” And in a nod to his infamous cheating scandal, he quipped, “When I screw up now, and lord knows I will be screwing up, I have to go on somebody else’s show to apologize.” There were also gags about what tomorrow’s show would have been, a hologram of Letterman, and tributes from shows ranging from “The Simpsons to “Wheel of Fortune,” with the former turning him into an animated character.
After a commercial break, Letterman took the time to mention Stephen Colbert’s take-over. “I’m very excited. I think he’s going to do a wonderful job,” said the outgoing host. “And I wish Stephen and his staff and crew nothing but the greatest success.”
As Gossip Cop reported, Letterman is closing out his 22-year run at the helm of the “Late Show,” an end to his 33-year late-night TV career. Colbert, his successor, will have his “Late Show” debut in September. Check out Letterman’s last entrance and monologue below, and tell us what you think!