David Letterman has announced his retirement in 2015 after 31 years of television.
The late night host told his audience, “We don’t have the timetable for this precisely down,” he said. “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.”
“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 theatre, all the people on the staff, everybody at home, thank you very much,” he told the audience. “What this means now, is that Paul and I can be married.”
Letterman hosted the Late Show on CBS for 22 years after 11 years as host of NBC’s Late Night before famously being passed over at NBC for Johnny Carson’s throne on The Tonight Show.
On Twitter there was plenty of reaction:
There are more than 10 reasons #DavidLetterman will be missed. – Barack Obama
David @Letterman announced he’s retiring in 2015. It’s been 31 incredible years. Television won’t be the same without you, Dave. – Ellen DeGeneres
Cheers to @Letterman. A king, a king-maker, and probably the man most to blame for inflicting me on America. See you soon. – Ricky Gervais
David @Letterman is the best there is and ever was. – Jimmy Kimmel
Wow, @Letterman retiring. He’s been a significant force in my “later” career. Thanks, Dave! – Steve Martin
Mr. Letterman, you have always been the best. I’ve had more fun on your show and you’ve been a class guy all the way. Enjoy ur final days. – Jason Alexander
I love Letterman but I am really excited about what this could mean for the diversification of late night. Trying not to be a pessimist… – Lena Dunham
Already the press is speculating as to who might replace him with such names as: Conan O’Brien, Chelsea Handler, Jimmy Kimmel, Russell Brand, Whoopi Goldberg, Jon Stewart, Craig Ferguson, Kathy Griffin, Arsenio Hall, Stephen Colbert, John Oliver and Carson Daly.