New York, NY, United States (4E) – After 22 years of hosting, David Letterman has announced that he is retiring from his post on the “Late Show” in 2015.
Letterman broke the news to his shhow’s audience during its taping on Thursday, which sent his crew into a fit of tears backstage, as his guest Johnny Depp would later tell him.
REM bassist Mike Mills, who was part of the night’s musical guests, also shared the news via Twitter writing, “Dave just announced his retirement #2015 #muchlovedave”
The 65-year-old host said he has already called CBS chief Les Moonves about his decision, and proceeded to thank the network and all the people he’s worked with for their support.
He quipped, “What this means now, is that Paul and I can be married,” referring to Paul Shaffer, his long time sidekick and band leader.
Starting out in Hollywood as a stand-up comedian, Letterman is now known to be the “longest-serving late-night show host in television history,” since he debuted his “Late Night with David Letterman” on NBC in 1982, and transferred to CBS to host “The Late Show with David Letterman” since 1992.
Meanwhile, Letterman expressed that he hopes to spend time with Harry, his nine-year-old son with wife Regina Lasko.