This Morning from CBS News, May 21, 2015

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Conan O’Brien tells viewers to watch David Letterman instead.

For the last time, David Letterman signed off from his late-night show on Wednesday night. The last “Late Show with David Letterman” featured comics such as Jerry Seinfeld and Julia Louis-Drefus paired with celebrities such as Barbara Walters and Alec Baldwin.As David Letterman said goodbye to “Late Show” fans, rival late-night hosts have taken time during their programs in recent days to wish the comedy legend their heart-felt farewells. “I want you to record this show and watch it in a few days and just focus on the commercials,” Mr.

Light on the jokes, but heavy on the graciousness, the Late Night host thanked his entire staff — including crew, writers and the band — for all they had done for the show. “These people collectively,” he said, “deserve more credit for this show than I ever will.” Yet, in the middle of Letterman’s good-bye, bandleader Paul Shaffer summed up everyone else’s thoughts, saying, “Thank you so much Dave, you’ve changed our lives.” The guests roasted Letterman in his final “Top 10” list, a long-running segment of the “Late Show.” The topic was “The top 10 things I’ve always wanted to say to Dave.” Rock said, “I’m just glad your show is being given to another white guy,” while Tina Fey said, “Thanks for finally proving men can be funny.” As Letterman delivered his final monologue, he kept to his signature ironic brand of comedy, saying lines such as “I’m going to be honest with you, it’s beginning to look like I’m not going to get ‘The Tonight Show.’”

Unfortunately for us, David Letterman’s last show was filled with good jokes, hilarious old clips, sweet montages and loving tributes to the people to made The Late Show work all these years. O’Brien added. “That is where we make the money.” On Tuesday, Jimmy Kimmel also told his audience that he wanted them to watch Letterman’s farewell show and that his ABC late-show would air a rerun on Wednesday. “I would like it if you made sure to watch that [Letterman], instead of our show,” Kimmel said. “Especially if you’re a young person and don’t understand what all the fuss is about. Letterman ended his 33-year career in late-night on Wednesday as he had started it — with the irreverence, self-mockery and mischief that made him such an iconoclastic talk-show host. But while Letterman and his studio audience enjoyed Foo Fighters’ stirring rendition of the 1997 song, home viewers were given an added bonus: a photo montage of Letterman through the years that included everyone from Barack Obama and Bill Clinton to Jay Leno.

His farewell was much better than the usual mawkish television send-off: He mixed favorite segments like his Top 10 list with clips of classic skits and a few restrained fillips of sincerity and humility. After discussing how David Letterman impacted his own career, Conan told his viewers to change the channel just as Letterman’s final show aired for his goodbye after 33 years. We lost it during the montage of Dave interacting with children, and we could barely keep it together as a 1996 Letterman attempted to work at Taco Bell with not much success.

Towards the end, Dave claimed there was nothing he could do to ever repay his audience for all that they have given him, but in truth he’s already given us thirty-three years of comedy of strangely beautiful and beautifully strange comedy and pop culture moments we’ll never forget. Letterman’s retirement has gotten an extraordinary amount of focus — a frenzied outpouring of fan devotion, celebrity tributes and nonstop media attention — perhaps because he was so important to the last generation of viewers who grew up watching shows on a television set, and not on a smartphone. Letterman’s crack about younger performers who use Twitter and Facebook was a shout-out to the talk-show host’s core audience, the late-night viewers who decades ago defined themselves as the insurgents who preferred Mr.

He then showed a clip of one of his more famous pranks when he posed as a server at a drive-through Taco Bell and tormented customers with terrible service. Letterman joined CBS in 1993, a year after HBO introduced “The Larry Sanders Show,” a mock behind-the-scenes parody of “The Tonight Show” that starred Garry Shandling as an insecure, self-absorbed talk-show host. Letterman never lost his arch, ironical self-awareness; he did not sink into the easy, quid pro quo conventions of late-night talk shows, he kept defying them. On Wednesday, he described all the encomia as “over-the-top” and said he found it “flattering, embarrassing and gratifying.” Mixed feelings make sense in a comedian who was always paradoxical – a winning, witty and supremely confident performer who offstage was practically a hermit and riven by self-doubt. Letterman in part because they know his psyche so well: He is an intensely private celebrity who kept processing his personal life in front of the camera.

He brought his medical team onto his show after his 2000 quintuple bypass, and he even described his affairs with women in his office as “creepy” in an unnerving mea culpa in 2009. Letterman said that one of the worst things about retiring is that, as he put it: “When I screw up now, and lord knows I’ll be screwing up, I have to go on somebody else’s show to apologize.” He mixed jokes about his future with serious references to pivotal moments in his past. He chose as his last musical guests the Foo Fighters because the band canceled a tour in South America to play on his first show after the heart surgery.

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