David Letterman to Retire in 2015: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

David Letterman Retirement


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.

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:

2. We Still Have Another Year of Dave

David Letterman Last Show


Letterman indicated during the broadcast that he’ll remain in the job until this time next year.

3. His Contract Expires in 2015

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

Jay Leno David Letterman Last Show

Leno during a commercial breaking in the middle of his last show in February 2014. (Getty)

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

David Letterman Howard Stern


In 2011, Letterman told Howard Stern during an interview that he would only keep going for two more years.