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David Letterman to retire in 2015

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Late night television legend David Letterman will retire in 2015.

Letterman announced his plan during a taping of "The Late Show" on Thursday afternoon. CBS is expected to issue a statement sometime before the program is broadcast Thursday night. Letterman told Leslie Moonaves, President and CEO of CBS Corporation, that he'll step down when his current contract expires.

"The man who owns this network, Leslie Moonves, he and I have had a relationship for years and years and years, and we have had this conversation in the past, and we agreed that we would work together on this circumstance and the timing of this circumstance. And I phoned him just before the program, and I said 'Leslie, it's been great, you've been great, and the network has been great, but I'm retiring,'" Letterman said.

Letterman's career as a late night broadcaster has spanned more than 32 years and nearly 6,000 episodes.  He was the first host of Late Night at NBC from 1982-1992, and he has been the only host of Late Show, which he created on CBS in 1993.  The two shows have been nominated for 108 Emmys, winning eight.  Late Night received a Peabody in 1992, and Letterman became a Kennedy Center Honoree in 2012.

Letterman moved to CBS in 1993 after the hosting job of NBC's "The Tonight Show" was given to Jay Leno. Letterman's long-time competitor [Leno], recently called it quits on The Tonight Show with his last show airing on February 6, 2014. Jimmy Fallon has since taken over The Tonight Show.


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