Saying Farewell to David Letterman

21 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Celebs and fans flock to Letterman finale.

In this photo provided by CBS, David Letterman appears during a final taping of the “Late Show with David Letterman,” Wednesday May 20, 2015 in New York. (AP Photo/CBS, John Paul Filo) When David Letterman signed off CBS’ “Late Show” for good Wednesday, he closed the book on more than his own incomparable career in late night. An emotional Jimmy Kimmel held back tears as he sent off his idol David Letterman – and even encouraged his viewers to switch stations to watch the finale instead of his own show. “I learned almost nothing in college, but watching Late Night, not only did I learn everything from Dave, but 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.Over the past few weeks he has slowly wrapped up his tenure by welcoming old friends onto the show, including Bill Murray – who was his first guest – Tom Hanks, and George Clooney.

As well as earning the title as the longest-serving late night chat show host on American TV, David Letterman will be remembered for his love of the drums.David interviewed countless celebrities on his beloved CBS broadcast Late Show over the past 22 years and many of Hollywood’s biggest stars have taken to social media to express their gratitude for him. “Tonight is David @Letterman’s final show.A star-studded “Top Ten” list and a final send-off from the Foo Fighters helped turn David Letterman’s final “Late Show” into a farewell for the ages on Wednesday, as the gap-toothed host signed off after 33 record-breaking years on late-night TV. He closed out a broadcasting epoch that also encompasses his mentor, “Tonight Show” host Johnny Carson, who retired with great emotion and ceremony in 1992.

Rather than strolling over to speak to the lead singer of the many bands he’s featured on his show, Letterman has almost always spoken to the drummer first in praise of their kit. What a wonderful, inspiring, hilarious, groundbreaking, amazing ride. #ThanksDave (sic),” comedienne Ellen DeGeneres, who currently hosts daytime talk programme The Ellen DeGeneres Show wrote on Twitter Wednesday night. Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Steve Martin, Barbara Walters, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Jim Carrey, Peyton Manning and Bill Murray all contributed to a Top Ten list of the “things I’ve always wanted to say to David Letterman.” Three living former presidents — both Bushes and Clinton — and President Obama appeared via video. Dave also called it a day for Steve Allen and Jack Paar, who back in the 1950s broke ground as each took a turn as the host of “Tonight.” For anyone sad that Letterman is leaving the spotlight, he offered joking consolation, announcing that he and about-to-be-former bandleader Paul Shaffer would soon “be debuting our new act at Caesars Palace with our white tigers.” Letterman’s much-awaited finale was surprisingly unsurprising for such a momentous occasion. To the surprise of other members of the band, Letterman has made a beeline for drummers from the likes of The Stokes, Beach House, Guided By Voices, St Vincent and Arctic Monkeys to ask them about their drums.

They echoed the late Gerald Ford in saying, “Our long national nightmare is over,” with Obama delivering the punchline, “Letterman is retiring.” Letterman’s wife, Regina, and son, Harry, were in the audience, as he said goodbye. He wished his replacement, Stephen Colbert, well in the job. (Colbert starts in September.) Of the over 6,000 shows, he said, “I was here for most of them, and I can tell you a high percentage of them just absolutely sucked, and in light of all this praise, merited or not, do me a favor, save a little for my funeral. The 24-year-old Silver Linings Playbook star posted a sweet image of herself on her Facebook page in which she was featured holding a note written from her to David, with the letter reading: “Don’t do this! I’ll you something else, and I know you are people are well-meaning, but I am sick and tired — maybe, Paul, you get a little of this — “What are you going to do now that you’re retired? He’s also asked about other percussion instruments Paul Shaffer could use, complimented Dave Grohl’s guitar and singled out musicians’ French horn and trombone.

Letterman’s tenure hosting CBS’s “Late Show” and NBC’s “Late Night” before that makes him the longest-running late-night host in TV history. He presented a sampling of vintage clips, and a new filmed segment displayed a day in the life of Dave doing “Late Show” — fun, even instructive, if an odd idea since this is no longer the way Dave’s day will go.

I thank him for all the years he spent making us laugh,” Tom wrote online. “Stephen Hawking added it up, and in 33 years there’s been eight minutes of comedy. The late-night talk TV world Letterman leaves behind is packed with capable hosts on many networks, but what they preside over, strictly speaking, is neither talk TV or late night. I hope you enjoy this. (Cut to a video showing staffers gathered around a hologram Letterman, who waves and then blinks out of sight.) That was — moving for all of us. People say to me, “Dave, when did you know it was time to retire?” I said, there were signs. there are always signs along the way, and I think one of the signs was Todd, the cue card kid, came up to me and he said, “For the love of God, Dave, I can’t write the words any bigger.” Remember that?

Immersed, as before, in a wide-open culture of humor he helped mastermind — an ironic, irreverent sensibility sufficiently absorbed into the ethos that it is scarcely noticed anymore, much less recognized as being largely of Dave’s making. I remember, Paul, you remember this, when we started the show, there were mixed — half of the people said, “That show doesn’t have a chance.” On the other hand, the other half of the people said, “That show doesn’t have a prayer.” I was having trouble sleeping last night because so I’m up late and I’m dialing around the channels and I came upon something I thought was enjoyable. Take a look at what I saw last night. (Animated video of Homer Simpson saying Dave has been on since “Bart and Lisa were kids, and Maggie was still a baby.”) Crazy, isn’t it?

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