David Letterman to Retire: Hollywood Reacts

2:40 PM PST 04/03/2014 by THR Staff
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Jimmy Kimmel, Matt Lauer, Ellen DeGeneres and the late-night host's peers in the industry pay tribute to the departing CBS personality.

As revealed by the host during the taping of Thursday's show, David Letterman is set to retire from Late Show when his contract expires in 2015. 

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"We don’t have the timetable for this precisely down -- 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, [bandleader Paul Shaffer] and I will be wrapping things up," Letterman told his audience. 

CBS president Leslie Moonves praised the "wit, gravitas and brilliance" of the late-night host in a statement: "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."

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After the news broke on Thursday, Letterman's peers and other entertainment industry notables paid tribute to the host:

“David Letterman is a legend. I have had the unique pleasure of watching him as a fan and competing against him as a fellow host. He has set a standard for comedy in late night that I strive to achieve every single day," late-night host Arsenio Hall said in a statement. 

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