Jimmy Kimmel Cries as He Says Goodbye to David Letterman and Shares …

21 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Bill Murray appears drunk on MSNBC after ‘Late Show with David Letterman’ final appearance.

When David Letterman walks off the stage of the Ed Sullivan Theater for the last time, he’ll take more than 4,000 hours of the “Late Show” with him.

David Letterman has graced late night screens since 1982, but this Wednesday, May 20, the 68-year-old funnyman will sit behind the desk for one final 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.

And a couple thousand hours of “The Late Late Show.” The retiring host is the founder of Worldwide Pants Inc., which produced both programs, as well as a handful of sitcoms. 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. During Murray’s earlier appearence 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.”

Letterman’s peers, Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel, host programs crafted for the social media generation, with skits and nuggets that people share online the following day. “The Web has changed how people interact with archival footage,” said Jeffrey P. Jones, director of the Peabody Awards at the University of Georgia in Athens. “Whether Worldwide Pants can translate that into some currency on the web is really yet to be seen.” Letterman is in a position to find out thanks to a career tragedy — being passed over by NBC to replace Johnny Carson on “The Tonight Show.” CBS then pursued him, awarding him a deal with no modern equivalent. Letterman’s disdain for Boston sports sometimes have a knack for creeping into his commentary, but his chat with Ray and KG was earnest, as the host even likens the Lakers to dental hygienists. Actress Teri Garr doesn’t have much of a connection to Boston, but Letterman still enlisted her to read the Top 10 “Boston Red Sox Team Rules” back when he was still on The Late Show. Worldwide Pants has produced several other shows, including “Ed” and “Bonnie,” the most successful being “Everybody Loves Raymond,” which it co-owns with HBO and CBS.

It’s been licensed again and again; a 2005 deal with Time Warner Inc.’s TBS netted around $650,000 an episode — which added up, considering there are 210 episodes. But the owners have already extracted most of the value from the hit, as shows command less money the longer they’re in syndication. “Raymond” has ceded its place in culture to “The Big Bang Theory” and “The Office,” both of which TBS also licensed.

Clips would generate more revenue, but I don’t think it would be revolutionary.” The volume and breadth of those clips will make the library valuable, Burnett said. Kevin Spacey tells a heartwarming story of his trip to the city after the Marathon bombings, and how he ended up returning home with a puppy that he aptly named Boston. Letterman essentially introduces Leno as the new host and Johnny Carson’s replacement on NBC’s The Tonight Show, a role that many had assumed Letterman would have been landed. Even at the time, the interview was awkward, but it’s even more so all these years later, as Letterman would end up leaving NBC shortly after, and in time, would not be shy about expressing his feelings toward Leno.

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