No. 10: How to Leave ‘Late Show With David Letterman’; No. 9: What’s Next?

20 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

David Letterman steps down as talk show king.

The actor, appearing as a guest on the final week of the the “Late Show,” pulled a selfie stick out of his back pocket and gave the Letterman a lesson on how to use it. “You know what that is, Tom?After 33 years in late night, David Letterman — oh, “retires” seems like a wrong-headed word — let’s just say Letterman leaves the building tomorrow (at 11:35 p.m. on WBZ, Ch. 4). The host, who is retiring this week, appeased the actor who insisted that selfie sticks are being sold all over Florence, the birth place of the Renaissance. Bill Murray, Letterman’s first guest on NBC’s “Late Night” in 1982 and his first guest on “Late Show” in 1993, drops by for his 44th and last time tonight, the penultimate show.

Letterman was the first late-night host to go back to work after the 9/11 attacks, and he was frank with his anguish and, in doing so, helped viewers cope with their own grief. At the close of Joaquin Phoenix’s bizarre performance art appearance in 2009, Letterman quipped, “Joaquin, I’m sorry you couldn’t be here tonight.” As he said to Jane Pauley on “CBS Sunday Morning,” “I can tell you the kind of feelings and emotions that I hope will come of this.

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