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This story first appeared in the April 26 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
It was 21 years ago that he lost the fierce, high-profile battle for The Tonight Show, but now it's official: Letterman has won the war of longevity.
When Jay Leno leaves in spring 2014 -- and even as ratings show he's the bigger hit -- Letterman will continue on CBS' Late Show as the king of the cool kids on late-night TV, with the likes of Julia Roberts only going on his show. When ABC's Jimmy Kimmel hosted a week of shows in his native Brooklyn in September, Letterman, 65, sat as a special guest, and it was all Kimmel could do to keep from bursting with glee.
Letterman, who has a 9-year-old son, Harry, with wife Regina Lasko, is signed through 2014, and CBS CEO Leslie Moonves says, "We think we have the best guy in late-night television."
FUN FACT: Letterman attended Ball State University with Jim Davis, creator of Garfield, who once caught his standup act at a fraternity party.