David Letterman Retires: Stars’ Reactions
By Daniel Gates | 7:04 pm, April 3rd, 2014
David Letterman is leaving late night TV after more than three decades, and stars were swift to react to the big entertainment news of the day.
From fellow hosts like Jimmy Kimmel and Ellen DeGeneres to guests like Donald Trump and Lena Dunham, celebrities responded to Letterman’s retirement on Twitter and beyond.
Even President Obama weighed in.
Check out some of their reactions below.
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— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) April 3, 2014
David @Letterman announced he’s retiring in 2015. It’s been 31 incredible years. Television won’t be the same without you, Dave.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) April 3, 2014
I love Letterman but I am really excited about what this could mean for the diversification of late night. Trying not to be a pessimist… — Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) April 3, 2014
Obvi will miss Letterman and his gorgeous tooth scenario/general brilliance
— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) April 3, 2014
Though we've not met, I'm already feeling nostalgic about next year's departure of @Letterman. Class act + funny = TV legend. I'll miss him.
— Marlee Matlin (@MarleeMatlin) April 3, 2014
There's a tear under the CBS eye! David Letterman – Simply The Best!!!
— Arsenio Hall (@ArsenioHall) April 3, 2014
David @Letterman is the best there is and ever was.
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) April 3, 2014
I can't believe David Letterman has announced his retirement–he is a great guy! @Letterman
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 3, 2014
Letterman broke the mold for not just Late Night, but TV itself. He's a vanguard- his influence is seen all over the dial today. What a run!
— Andy Cohen (@Andy) April 3, 2014
Rank everybody on television during the length of his career – all fields, all styles. David Letterman ranks First. #DontRetire
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) April 3, 2014
David Letterman announces that he will retire next year. CBS frantically looking for someone named Jimmy.
— Albert Brooks (@AlbertBrooks) April 3, 2014
Important to note: Letterman is not dead. That said, I will miss him and his program once he is gone…from late night TV
— Colin Hanks (@ColinHanks) April 3, 2014
Mr. Letterman, you have always been the best. I've had more fun on your show and you've been a class guy all the way. Enjoy ur final days.
— jason alexander (@IJasonAlexander) April 3, 2014
Cheers to @Letterman. A king, a king-maker, and probably the man most to blame for inflicting me on America. See you soon.
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) April 3, 2014
For me as a guest, to make Dave laugh was the modern day equivalent of making Carson laugh. #Lettermanisleaving
— Jeff Daniels (@Jeff_Daniels) April 3, 2014
Thanks to #DavidLetterman for all the years of laughter. I will be sad to see you go!
— Dr. Mehmet Oz (@DrOz) April 3, 2014
"Y'know who does a wonderful David Landerman impersonation? Joe Piscopo." — the CBS exec they can't fire because of nepotism
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) April 3, 2014
David Letterman announces his retirement from the Late Show after more than 32 years and nearly 6,000 episodes. #LoveLetterman
— Ann Curry (@AnnCurry) April 3, 2014
— Drew Carey (@DrewFromTV) April 3, 2014
— Joel McHale (@joelmchale) April 4, 2014
Just had great time with@letterman. On Friday. No one like him.
— Billy Crystal (@BillyCrystal) April 3, 2014
Wow, @Letterman retiring. He's been a significant force in my "later" career. Thanks, Dave!
— Steve Martin (@SteveMartinToGo) April 3, 2014
— Sarah Michelle (@RealSMG) April 4, 2014
. @Letterman There is no way to count the amount of hours of joy and inspiration you have given me. I have watched since AM show. Thank U!
— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) April 4, 2014
First Jeter and now Letterman. Damn. I gotta get my kid to NY this summer to meet those guys so we'll have something in common.
— Tom Arnold (@TomArnold) April 4, 2014