Drew Barrymore Does Not Regret Flashing David Letterman in 1995: “We …

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Bill Murray Pops Out of a Cake for David Letterman—Watch Now!.

When David Letterman signs off Wednesday night after 33 years in late night, first at NBC and then at CBS, he would be remiss not to include — what else? — a final Top 10 list.The actor was Dave’s first guest back in 1982 when he hosted NBC’s Late Night, and he was his first guest again in 1993 when he became the host of CBS’ Late Show.After his interview with Letterman, the “Groundhog Day” actor hopped over to MSNBC for “The Last Word,” but it seemed he might have celebrated a little too hard at CBS.

The trademark segment during “Late Show with David Letterman” has included a Top 10 lambasting the likes of Justin Bieber, President Barack Obama and even his own prickly personality. Throughout this 33-year span, Bill visited his late-night pal many times, but Tuesday’s show (Dave’s second-to-last one before retirement) was extra special. Murray, known for his physical hijinks, first fell out of his chair on live cable TV, but it’s when he began to slur his words that it looked like he really might be impaired.

The lyrics are a perfect send-off (“If everything could ever feel this real forever/If anything could ever be this good again/The only thing I’ll ever ask of you/You’ve got to promise not to stop when I say when) much like Bob Dylan’s haunting The Night We Called It a Day which the iconic rocker performed on Letterman’s penultimate show. Dylan’s first-ever performance on “Late Night” back in 1984 was momentous for the show and its musical legacy; Vulture recalls that, back then, Letterman was “far more of a counterculture hero than Bob” (he’d just released a bunch of evangelical christian albums). The Grand Budapest Hotel star will likely return to the Late Show again when Stephen Colbert takes over, but last night marked his final visit to the Ed Sullivan Theater with Dave sitting behind the desk.

During Murray’s earlier appearance on “Late Show,” he jumped out of a giant three-layer cake that had the words “Goodbye Dave” splashed across the front and fell to the floor. “You’ve had a wonderful run,” he told the host after taking a shot of vodka. “You fell in love and you married a virgin who gave birth to an infant god child … then your wife gave up the virgin thing completely and you’ve been rolling ever since. ” Following his interview, the comedian ran out of the studio covered in cake in an attempt to get others to help him convince the host to stay, singing the lyrics “more Worldwide Pants” to the tune of John Lennon’s “Give Peace a Chance.” The 68-year-old has had no problem showcasing a self-deprecating sense of humor and annoyance with certain guests (see Paris Hilton, John McCain and Bill O’Reilly).

Precious few details have leaked about Dave’s final show, but if you’re looking for a primer, check out FTW’s Top 10 ways David Letterman will end his historic late-night run. That said, Dave’s not really looking forward to throwing down. “I’m not looking forward to it at all,” he told CBS Sunday Morning’s Jane Pauley earlier this week. “I don’t want to go to a party. I recognize that it’s good, cathartic perhaps, for all of us to be together, because it’s not been easy on anybody who has been here any length of time, for this to end.

Stephen Colbert will take his place in September. “Not only did I learn how to do everything from Dave,” said Kimmel during Tuesday night’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” show. “The reason I have this show is because the executives at ABC saw me when I was a guest on Dave’s show — and hired me to host this show. And what’s the other one?’ He says, ‘The greatest songwriter of modern times is Bob Dylan.’ That’s all you need to know in life.” The legend didn’t come close to matching Letterman’s enthusiasm in his moments following the performance. His dry wit eventually got him gigs as a writer on TV, and among his big breaks was as a cast member on a 1978 CBS variety show starring Mary Tyler Moore. The “Mary” show, however, was quickly canceled, but Letterman bounced back, filling in as a guest host on NBC’s “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.” NBC eventually gave the gap-toothed gagster his own a.m. talk-variety show, “The David Letterman Show,” which debuted in June 1980 and ran for 90 episodes.

The screwball show won two Emmy Awards, and even introduced Letterman’s “stupid pet tricks,” but it failed to catch on with viewers and was canceled that October. While Letterman was widely panned by critics for his hosting duties, he inevitably had the last laugh: The show was, at the time, the highest-watched Oscars broadcast in 12 years. In August 2011, the FBI said it was looking into a threat by an alleged al Qaeda associate calling for Letterman to be killed and his tongue cut out because he made fun of one of the terrorist group’s leaders.

Julia Roberts smooched him, Drew Barrymore flashed him, Madonna dropped the F-bomb, a bearded Joaquin Phoenix acted bizarrely and Michael Richards apologized for a racist rant.

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