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'Late Show' Host David Letterman to Retire Next Year

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'Late Show' host David Letterman is expected to announce he's retiring next year during Thursday night's show according to Variety and Business Insider. His current contract expires in 2015.

"The man who owns this network, Leslie Moonves, he and I have had a relationship for years and years and years, and we have had this conversation in the past, and we agreed that we would work together on this circumstance and the timing of this circumstance. And I phoned him just before the program, and I said ‘Leslie, it's been great, you've been great, and the network has been great, but I'm retiring,'" said Letterman.

"I just want to reiterate my thanks for the support from the network, all of the people who have worked here, all of the people in the theater, all the people on the staff, everybody at home, thank you very much. What this means now, is that Paul and I can be married."

"We don't have the timetable for this precisely down – I think it will be at least a year or so, but sometime in the not too distant future, 2015 for the love of God, in fact, Paul and I will be wrapping things up," he added, to a standing ovation from the audience in the Ed Sullivan Theater.

Letterman started his late-night career with 'Late Night with David Letterman' in February 1982 on NBC. He left that network in June 1993 to move to CBS, after he was not given 'Tonight Show' after longtime host Johnny Carson retired in May 1992. Jay Leno took over the 'Tonight Show' until earlier this year when Jimmy Fallon took over duties.

While at CBS, Letterman was given his own production company, Worldwide Pants, which produces 'Late Late Night with Craig Ferguson' which airs at 1:37 a.m. weeknights. Worldwide Pants also produced 'Everybody Loves Raymond.'

"The Late Show with David Letterman" airs at 11:35 p.m. on KTVN.

'Late Night' received a Peabody in 1992, and Letterman became a Kennedy Center Honoree in 2012.

Les Moonves released this statement:

"When Dave decided on a one-year extension for his most recent contract, we knew this day was getting closer, but that doesn't make the moment any less poignant for us. For 21 years, David Letterman has graced our Network's air in late night with wit, gravitas and brilliance unique in the history of our medium. During that time, Dave has given television audiences thousands of hours of comedic entertainment, the sharpest interviews in late night, and brilliant moments of candor and perspective around national events. He's also managed to keep many celebrities, politicians and executives on their toes – including me. There is only one David Letterman. His greatness will always be remembered here, and he will certainly sit among the pantheon of this business. On a personal note, it's been a privilege to get to know Dave and to enjoy a terrific relationship. It's going to be tough to say goodbye. Fortunately, we won't have to do that for another year or so. Until then, we look forward to celebrating Dave's remarkable show and incredible talents."

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