David Letterman is retiring from CBS in 2015, when his current contract expires. CBS confirmed the news after Letterman announced it during the taping of the “Late Show” earlier today at New York’s Ed Sullivan Theater.
While Letterman did not cite a specific end date, he told his audience he thinks it will be in ‘‘at least a year or so, but sometime in the not too distant future — 2015, for the love of God, (band leader) Paul (Shaffer) and I will be wrapping things up.’’
Referring to CBS chairman Leslie Moonves as ‘‘the man who owns this network,’’ Letterman said, ‘‘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.’ ’’
He also thanked ‘‘all of the people who have worked here, all of the people in the theater, all the people on the staff, everybody at home, thank you very much.
‘‘What this means now,’’ he joked, ‘‘is that Paul and I can be married.’’
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