It’s truly bitter sweet: David Letterman, the TV legend, will retire from Late Night next year- he will be the longest running late-night host in history.
Announced on the air and confirmed on Twitter, the television icon broke the news by saying to “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.”
He went on to say that he and producers “don’t have the timetable for this precisely down” but they “think it will be at least a year or so, but sometime in the not too distant future.”
The man, who has been on air for over twenty one years, will be missed deeply (after the announcement he received a standing ovation from the entire audience).
But can anyone be surprised? We knew the end was in sight when he renewed his contract by only ONE year. And when Jay Leno, the Superman to his Batman, got the boot, it was clear he’d follow.
And how could he stay? In this new generation with young talented faces bringing originality with every punchline, could a grumpy old man really bring in the demographics needed to survive the cut throat battle of late night talk shows?
With the astoundingly well received Jimmy Fallon (who took over for Leno last month), there’s no question why CBS is looking for a fresh new face to break tradition.
The network has perfectly timed this transition by giving us time to enjoy Letterman in his final career moments, and waiting for the Fallon mania over at NBC to die down.
Who do we think they’ll have take over? While conservative choices like Jerry Seinfeld, Stephen Colbert, or Anderson Cooper may be eyed, we’d love to see a woman sit behind the desk.
Sure, the network could steal Chelsea Handler from E! but to really compete, they’ll need something new and exciting to catch headlines (sorry!!!).
What were thinking is picking someone who’s on the verge of stardom. What about Sarah Silverman or Amy Shumer? That might be too controversial but how about June Raphael or Kristen Schaal? Really, any of these would be great because it’s NEW.
In the arena of Late Night Television, it’s hard to stand out (their everywhere!!!) and Fallon may need an enemy to be a hero (if that makes any sense).
Having a woman (like Tina Fey or Amy Poehler) would REALLY shake things up.
But we’re getting a little ahead of ourselves, aren’t we? We don’t have to worry about it too much- it’s still a year away mind you!!!
Right now we should instead be focusing on Letterman, the shining hero who will leave with an incredible career behind him as he starts a new personal chapter in his life. We wish him nothing but happiness!!!