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Watch David Letterman Make Final ‘Late Show’ Entrance (Video).

As anticipation builds for David Letterman’s final appearance as the host of “Late Show,” CBS has released a short teaser of the beloved comedian welcoming his guests for the last time.After more than 6,000 broadcasts and 33 years in late night television, David Letterman took the stage at the Ed Sullivan Theater for the final time on Wednesday. The venue, which has been Letterman’s home since 1993 when CBS bought it for $4.5 million, was packed with stars, many of whom have been regular guests on the show, including Chris Rock, Steve Martin and Jerry Seinfeld.

No matter how much moral outrage his defenders can muster — no matter how many column inches were filled by writers who said America should like him more — Letterman is the man who couldn’t beat Jay Leno, and sometimes couldn’t beat Leno’s replacement. “He was a former weatherman and a failed morning-show host who perfected a sort of snide, irreverent attitude towards showbiz types,” Rolling Stone wrote after Letterman announced his retirement last year. “After getting noticed by Johnny Carson and making a fan out of NBC bigwig Fred Silverman, however, David Letterman found himself taking his goofy antics to a 12.30am time slot — and thus, a late-night TV legend was born.” There was no doubt that the legend was, well, legendary. The weeks leading up to his departure have included a parade of the famous who have made the trip to midtown for a final session with Letterman: Tom Hanks, George Clooney, President Obama, Tom Waits, Oprah Winfrey, Billy Crystal, Alec Baldwin, Tina Fey, Al Pacino, John Travolta, Julia Roberts (who astutely observed: “I think stupid people annoy you”) and Bill Murray, who on the penultimate show popped out of a cake and proceeded to give Letterman a bear hug covering him with frosting. He invented the “Top 10″ list; he invented “Stupid Pet Tricks”; he poked a hole in the absurd, celebrity-fueled gas bag that was late-night television. Honestly,” Letterman told Pauley.. “I think it would just be too difficult for me…emotionally…because I just don’t want to come back and see others living our lives.” People admire the New York Yankees, but not because they lost to the Boston Red Sox in the 2004 American League Championship Series. “I’m awash in melancholia,” he told the paper of tonight’s exit. “Over the weekend, I was talking to my son, and I said, ‘Harry, we’ve done like over 6000 shows.’ And he said, [high-pitched child’s voice] ‘That’s creepy.’ And I thought, well, in a way, he’s right.

It is creepy.” “It is creepy”: Not exactly the note any showman should want to go out with while comparing retirement to “a good, solid punch to the head.” Contrast this to Leno’s first act after he retired the first time: He stole back his own show from Conan O’Brien and, after his second retirement, won a Mark Twain prize and leaped back on to the stand-up comedy circuit. Instead, he joked about Amy Fisher before getting down to business. “As some of you may know,” Letterman said, “in the past year and a half, I’ve kinda been interested in doing a show earlier than the one I’m doing now.” Ever the smart aleck, he thanked CBS for its “patience,” “support” and, slyly, “generosity.” (Letterman’s three-year deal was worth $42 million.) For a while after that press conference, Letterman was riding high. People just liked watching his show more than they liked watching my show.” “As Leno prepares for his final few Tonight Shows, he finds himself in a unique position: More widely watched than any of his competitors, yet widely reviled by the majority of his peers,” EW wrote last year. And he fessed up to an extramarital affair in 2009. “I want to be the person I always thought I was and probably was pretending I was,” he told Oprah Winfrey in 2013. “I hurt a lot of people … I’m not looking to blame anybody.

As the ABC 7 explained: “I was delighted by everything that happened — except you losing your job,” Letterman told O’Brien on The Late Show in a May 2012 interview, during which both TV hosts did a mock imitation of Leno.” If Letterman wanted to use a 20-year-old feud for laughs or simply remind his audience the feud existed, such comments seemed irrelevant. But he, like Leno, doesn’t play it/never played it as well or with as much interest as his successors.” Months after the Dancing Man became a viral sensation after he was fat-shamed for busting some moves in public, the internet hero is apparently finally getting his Hollywood party – and Moby is DJing. Lewinsky has become highly vocal in speaking out against cyber-bullying and public shaming in recent years, most recently making a presentation at Ted 2015 in March titled The Price of Shame. Organiser and musician Hope Leigh told Fairfax Media that Moby had been “very supportive”. “He had us over to his home a few days after this all began to give us tons of pointers on how to bring this together.” Pictures of O’Brien at first dancing, then looking downcast, appeared on an infamous website known for its trolling with the caption: “Spotted this specimen trying to dance the other week.

Just after the story started going viral in March, Moby tweeted his support, offering to DJ for free and saying, “No one should ever be ashamed about dancing”. A Gofundme site has raised more than $US40,000 for the party and for an anti-bullying campaign, with non-profit organisations in both the US and Britain involves. The Dance Free Movement website says technology has allowed “cyber-attacks to make bullying anonymous and instant – without any consideration of consequence or acceptance of responsibility”. It added: “The immediate call to action is bringing awareness to the severity of bullying and body shaming and to address the impact it is having on our culture.” Leigh added: “We are hoping that this event will help make ‘being nice’ cool again. We are all quite through with the tabloid era and are hoping to use parties and social media content to spread positivity for bullying prevention and body postivity.”

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