David Letterman announced his retirement from late night today at the taping of tonight's episode of The Late Show, saying that he's stepping down from his post sometime next year, which is when his contract expires. REM's Mike Mills, who's on the show tonight, first tweeted the news, and CNN's Brian Stelter confirmed it.
Here's the video of his announcement:
Will Forte, who briefly wrote for The Late Show with David Letterman, came back to the show last night as a guest to promote his new movie, Nebraska. This was Forte's second appearance on the show since he became a well-known actor, and David Letterman showed an old clip of the two of them together in a sketch from the late '90s — or as Letterman disgustingly calls it, "a skit."
Bill Murray's appearances on Letterman are always something to look forward to, and last night was no exception. Murray, who was Letterman's first guest on both his shows in 1982 and 1993 respectively, dropped by to celebrate Letterman's 20th anniversary on The Late Show and he pulled out all the stops. Here's Murray's entire 20-minute appearance on the show last night, in which he enters dressed as Liberace, jackhammers open a hole in the stage to retrieve a time capsule from 1993, and caps it off by singing "I Will Always Love You" to Letterman.
David Letterman's CBS series The Late Show turns 20 this week, and Bill Murray, the show's first ever guest, is returning for the milestone this Thursday. In addition to having been Letterman's first Late Show guest in August of 1993, Murray was also his inaugural guest on NBC's Late Night in 1982. As evidenced in our recent videolist of Murray's best Letterman appearances, it's always worth looking forward to when he pops up on the show and it should be a fun, unpredictable way to ring in this milestone for Letterman.
It's been seven years since Oprah Winfrey last went on The Late Show with David Letterman, but she's set to return to the show on Thursday, August 1st, CBS announced today. Oprah first appeared on the show in December of 2005, ending a decades-long feud with Letterman that began when she had an unpleasant time on his previous show, Late Night, in 1989 due to an unruly audience.
Check out Oprah and Letterman discussing the feud below: