David Letterman Celebrates a Life on Late Show With Star-Studded Send Off

May 21, 2015 at 1:23 pm |

Outside the Late Show on David Letterman's Final Show

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Letterman Gives a Heartfelt Goodbye, But Doesn’t Shed a Tear

Wednesday night marked the end of an era in late-night television. Host David Letterman said goodbye to his audiences as he sat at his desk on the Late Show for his final broadcast. But instead of opting for a mopey sendoff full of tears and farewells, Letterman bid adieu the best way he knew how — by making everybody laugh.

During one of the highlights of the final show, perhaps at the peak of Letterman’s self deprecation (something he’s mastered over the years), Letterman allowed some of his past favorite guests to deliver his traditional “Top 10” list on his behalf. The lineup was A-list, to say the least, including faces like Barbara Walters, Steve Martin, Tina Fey and Bill Murray. Watch as they present a mini-roast of sorts in the “Top 10 Things I’ve Always Wanted to Say to Dave.” They don’t hold back either…

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Letterman’s Final ‘Top 10’

10. Alec Baldwin: “Of all the talk shows, yours is most geographically convenient to my home.”

9. Barbara Walters: “Did you know that you wear the same cologne as Muammar Qaddafi?”

8. Steve Martin: “Your extensive plastic surgery was a necessity and a mistake.”

7. Jerry Seinfeld: “I have no idea what I’ll do when you go off the air … You know, I just thought of something. I’ll be fine.”

6. Jim Carrey: “Honestly, Dave, I’ve always found you to be a bit of an over-actor.”

5. Chris Rock: “I’m just glad your show is being given to another white guy.”

4. Julia Louis-Dreyfus: “Thanks for letting me take part in another hugely disappointing series finale.”

3. Peyton Manning: “You are to comedy what I am to comedy.”

2. Tina Fey: “Thanks for finally proving men can be funny.”

1. Bill Murray: “I’ll never have the money I owe you.”

And this list doesn’t even include the names other high-profile fans who took a moment to pay tribute to the late-night champ. Julia Roberts, Oprah Winfrey, George Clooney, President Obama, and Bill Clinton have all saluted Letterman in the days leading up to his final episode.

“Of course, Johnny [Carson’s] last show was historic,” Letterman commented on his mentor’s retirement in 1992. “This one won’t be.” But we all know that’s not the case. More than his career, Letterman is retiring a specific flavor of comedy that is now bygone.

Letterman thanked his family and lit up the final moments of the show with a dedication to his audience. “Have you thought about a complete psychological work-up? The people who watch this show, there’s nothing I can do to ever repay you. Thank you for everything. You’ve given me everything.”


After 33 years and 6,028 shows, Letterman finally says goodbye. “The people who watch this show, there’s nothing I can do to ever repay you. You’ve given me everything.”