President and CEO of CBS, Les Moonves, has released the following press statement regarding David Letterman announcing his retirement:
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.
Additionally, a longer clip of David Letterman’s retirement announcement from Thursday’s show is now available:
You can also watch Thursday night’s Late Show episode in full by clicking through to the CBS website. However, if you are outside of the US you will need to make use of the Media Hint add-on in Firefox or in Chrome to watch it.