David Letterman sets Late Show exit date

David Letterman finally knows when his historical run on Late Show will come to an end. Letterman’s final broadcast on CBS will be on May 20. The legendary late night talk show host announced his retirement back in April. They had yet to establish when he would bow out in 2015. Stephen Colbert will take over the Late Show chair, leaving his soon-to-end Comedy Central program The Colbert Report.

David Letterman has been, and with the way broadcast television is slowly going digital, may always be, the longest-tenured late night talk show host. He’s been on the air for over 32 years, hosting his CBS show for 22 years. His final episode on May 20, 2015 will be his 6,028 episode between Late Night on NBC and Late Show. The show has earned 73 Emmy nominations collecting 9 trophies. His long-running ratings competition with Tonight Show host Jay Leno has even been the subject of two books by New York Times writer Bill Carter. “David Letterman has given to all of us a remarkable legacy of achievement and creative brilliance that will never be forgotten,” said CBS head Leslie Moonves. “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.” It appears we are closer and closer to finally seeing who the real Stephen Colbert is…

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