Dave has left the building…


“It’s beginning to look like I’m not going to get the Tonight Show,” joked David Letterman.

And with that the King of Late Night Television began his last ever show, bringing the curtain down on 33 years on air.

Letterman’s last show was a mix of nostalgia, celebrity, oddities and heartfelt thanks.

US ratings sent the show to a 21 year high.

There was no guest interview. Instead his Top Ten featured the likes of Jerry Seinfeld, Barbara Walters, Tina Fey, Steve Martin and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. He showed us clips of kids saying funny stuff, a behind-the-scenes peek at Production and presidents George H and George W Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama all remarking, “Our long national nightmare is over.” Apologies to Watergate.

There were even clips from The Simpsons and Wheel of Fortune.

Foo Fighters were the last musical act on the show, performing Everlong.

“We’ve done over 6,000 shows, and I was there for most of them, and I can tell you a pretty a high percentage of those shows absolutely sucked,” he joked. “In light of all this praise, deserved or not, save a little of it for my funeral.”

Leter he said, “People come up to me all the time and say, ‘I have been watching you since that morning show,'” Letterman said, addressing his loyal fans. “And I say, ‘Have you thought about a complete psychological workup?'”

Of the Ed Sullivan Theater he recalled, “It was a dump… crawling with rats—big rats.” He thanked CBS President Les Moonves and Biff Henderson, crew and writers. He named each member of his band before longtime friend, Paul Shaffer and introduced wife Regina, son Harry and even a shout-out to Harry’s friend Tommy.

To his family he added, “And really, nothing else matters, does it?”



  1. Sandra Crack

    I enjoyed the last few weeks of shows after not catching it for a few years.

    Being a geek, whilst watching the credits ( in slow mo ) I noticed that they left Felica’s ( the guitarist ) name off the credits , but did include her pic with the rest of the band.
    I’m sure it was just a production slip up

  2. I didnt realise that 10 put it on so early. But I caught the last 10 minutes and I loved the montage at the end with the foofighters playing.

  3. Enjoyable final, glade there wasn’t a final interview, just who would he have chosen, but I guess the previous night with Bill Murry would be classed as Letterman’s final interview? The closing montage with the Foo Fighters was well done.

    He will be missed.

    Though it’s a bit weird CBS won’t have be airing The Late Show with Stephen Colbert until later in the year when most late night talk shows continue through the US summer.

    Do we know if TEN has the rights to the new show yet?

  4. A classic example of how Americans like to stick with things they’re familiar and comfortable with, long after they’ve passed their “use by” date. Letterman was rarely funny and often awkward and sexist.

  5. The Foo Fighters were there.If you look on their website you’ll see photos of them pre-show on stage and a photo with Steve Martin.

  6. Were the Foo Fighters actually there? You saw a brief shot of them at the beginning and never again as the show closed with millions of shots from shows past.

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