David Letterman announced at the April 3 recording of his Late Show that he will retire from hosting the programme in 2015, according to CNN.
The TV news trucks are already lining up outside the Ed Sullivan Theatre. pic.twitter.com/8kUvTPenCT
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) April 3, 2014
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Former REM Guitarist Mike Mills Broke the News
It’s expected that CBS will make an official announcement on the retirement at some point before the broadcasting of tonight’s shot. The news first broke when former REM guitarist tweeted:
Dave just announced his retirement #2015 #muchlovedave
— Mike Mills (@m_millsey) April 3, 2014
2. We Still Have Another Year of Dave
Letterman indicated during the broadcast that he’ll remain in the job until this time next year.
3. His Contract Expires in 2015
Letterman: "I phoned [Moonves] just before the program, and I said ‘Leslie, it’s been great, you’ve been great,..but I’m retiring,’
— vernejgay (@vernejgay) April 3, 2014
In 2013, he signed a new two-year deal with CBS that was widely expected to be his last. At the time of signing the deal, CBS Corp President, Leslie Moonves said, “There is only one Dave, and we are extremely proud that he continues to call CBS home.”
4. He Outlasted Jay Leno
By 2014, Letterman will have been with CBS for 22 years. Famously he joined CBS in 1993 after he was passed over for the job of host of The Tonight Show in favor of Jay Leno. Leno himself retired from late-night in 2014.
5. In the Past, Letterman Has Often Speculated About the Future
In 2011, Letterman told Howard Stern during an interview that he would only keep going for two more years.