David Letterman: Oprah, Jimmy Kimmel and Other Hosts Pay Tribute to the Late …

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Bill Murray takes a tipsy tumble on US TV.

Wednesday night will mark David Letterman’s final time hosting the Late Show, so it’s only right that we look back at an interview with one of the biggest stars to ever grace his stage: a 23-year-old Michael Jordan. The transplanted Hoosier, who made Top Ten lists and ironic humor staples of television comedy and influenced a generation of performers, is hosting his final episode of CBS’ “Late Show” on Wednesday.“I just did the Letterman show, then went to dinner, had oysters, rose wine, red wine, duck … and then rushed here to do your show,” explained Murray to Lawrence O’Donnell during the interview.

On Tuesday night’s penultimate episode of CBS’s Late Show with David Letterman, the celebrated comedian exploded out of a giant cake sporting the message “Good Bye Dave,” before giving his pal a big ol’ bear hug—smothering him in cake frosting in the process. Thirty-three years ago, Murray was the very first guest on Letterman’s then-NBC late-night show (you can watch video of his appearance here). “I am going to make every second of your life, from this moment on, a living hell,” Murray joked on the first show. It’s a funny bit that also includes longtime major league player and coach Frank Howard teaching Letterman how to take one for the team by peppering him with batting practice pitches. The past few weeks leading up to to the finale have already been filled with some of Letterman’s favorite guests, including Julia Roberts, Tom Hanks, and Bill Murray.

To win, like our news.com.au Entertainment page, and below the Facebook post in 25 words or less, tell us: if you were a spy, which celeb would you spy on and why? But Showalter made his first appearance on Letterman during the spring of that year, doing a phone interview in which Letterman tried to steer him to say some of baseball’s most common cliches. “The first question was, ‘Buck, when you are on the back fields and you’re doing drills and stuff, what are you really working on … what are you doing?'” Showalter recalled Wednesday. “I went, ‘We’re kind of working on fundamentals,’ and I heard the audience laugh and I heard ding, ding, ding. “So I’m putting two and two together that he’s trying to see how many baseball cliches he can get me to say in like two minutes.

Letterman’s mentor, Johnny Carson, ended his long tenure in late night without any guests at all; it was just Carson, his sidekick Ed McMahon, his bandleader Doc Severinsen, and some clips. Anticipating the end, viewers sent Letterman to the top of the late-night ratings the week before last for the first time since Jimmy Fallon took over at NBC’s “Tonight” show and they competed with original telecasts.

The second time came in 2004, when he appeared with Dennis Eckersley to rattle off a top ten list prior to their induction to the Baseball Hall of Fame. And so the next question he asked me was, ‘Buck, do you start thinking about all of spring training or three games in advance or how do you take each game?’ And I knew it. Molitor, wearing a bright red jacket and black pants, looked at ease with Letterman during his 1993 appearance, but the Twins manager on Wednesday said that was far from the case. “I was very nervous, to be honest with you,” Molitor said. “It’s just one of those things where it seemed a little bit larger than life to have an opportunity to walk out on that set.

He appeared on Letterman at least twice and also starred in a famous “Seinfeld” episode in 1994, which featured him along with Yankees star Danny Tartabull. Celebrities used to being fawned over either clicked with his prickly personality or didn’t, and when Cher called him a more profane version of “jerk,” it became a memorable moment. In that episode, called “The Chaperone,” George Costanza replaces the Yankees’ polyester uniforms with cotton, which seemed like a good idea at the time but ultimately backfires.

When he had his open-heart surgery, he was gone for a while and when he came back he requested the Foo Fighters be the first band to perform for his first week back because he wanted to hear the song “Everlong.” Ever since that day, we’ve been in love. His audience welcomed him back after a heart bypass, listened as he became the first late-night host back on the air after the 2001 terrorist attacks and saw him acknowledge to inappropriately having sex with a subordinate. As retirement neared, Letterman joked about second thoughts. “Next week I’ll be Googling foods that improve prostate health,” the 68-year-old host said Tuesday. It’s hard to watch his show sometimes.” Rival Jimmy Kimmel paid tribute to Letterman by not making a fresh ABC show on Wednesday, where he usually competes in the same time slot.

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