David Letterman’s Last Late Show Announced For May 20, 2015
“The Late Show with David Letterman” is set to end on May 20, 2015. The date of the final broadcast was announced by CBS head honcho Les Moonves on Wednesday. He said in a statement, “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.” Stephen Colbert will be inheriting the show, although an official start date for him has not been announced.
Interestingly, Letterman’s final show will come on a Wednesday, not a Friday. No specific reason was given for the timing of his exit. Letterman will leave after an astounding 33-year run between his old “Late Night” show on NBC, which began in 1982, and CBS’ “Late Show,” which Letterman launched in 1993. His tenure will outlast both his idol Johnny Carson and his bitter rival Jay Leno.
Colbert will be wrapping up “The Colbert Report” this month, having won the “Late Show” job amid frenzied replacement speculation after Letterman revealed his plans to retire last April. At the time, Letterman explained that he wanted to spend more time with his family and felt as though he’d done enough television. Watch the video of his surprise announcement below. Will you be watching Letterman’s final broadcast in May? Note: Video no longer available.