David Letterman's Final 'Late Show': Stars, Staffers, Politicians Share Memories

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President Barack Obama, Betty White, Jennifer Lawrence, Demi Moore, Jessica Chastain and former writers Craig Thomas and Eric and Justin Stangel reminisced about their time with the retiring host.

On Wednesday, as David Letterman taped his final Late Show, Hollywood continued its long goodbye to the longtime late-night host.

Stars took to social media to remember their experiences as guests on Letterman's CBS show or to share what the host's work on both that series and his earlier Late Night NBC series meant to them. Some kept it brief, posting a few remarks and maybe a photo from an appearance on the show.

Others, like Adam Scott, Dan Harmon and former Late Show writer turned How I Met Your Mother co-showrunner Craig Thomas, posted extended reflections on the impact Letterman had on them.

Former longtime Late Show head writers Eric and Justin Stangel also paid tribute to Letterman on social media, both sharing several photos from their days of working on the show, while executive producer Barbara Gaines wrote: "Everything I own, I owe to Dave Letterman."

Even politicians took time to mark the end of Letterman's 33-year late-night career, with President Barack Obama tweeting a photo of one of his own Late Show appearances with the message "TV won't be the same without Dave." The New York City mayor's office posted a vine of Bill de Blasio signing a proclamation officially declaring Wednesday, May 20, "Late Show With David Letterman Day." And New York governor Andrew Cuomo released the following statement, bidding farewell to the host whose shows called New York home.

"For more than 30 years, we’ve all stayed up later than we should to watch the comedic genius of David Michael Letterman. From his 'Stupid Pet Tricks' and 'Top Ten' lists to always keeping guests on their toes — New Yorkers and Americans alike have happily traded rest for reveling in the Late Show’s best moments. The Letterman approach to late night gave us something we could relate to and will always appreciate, as the stars of his show were often everyday New Yorkers. In the wake of 9/11, he helped us heal and brought us together with his strength, compassion and inspiration. Night in and night out, throughout thousands of tapings and guests from around the world, Dave made it clear that he felt lucky to be in the middle of New York City. Together with his stalwart sidekick, Paul Shaffer, he ushered in a new generation of late-night comedy that has both inspired and influenced countless comedians and hosts. After tonight, we will all feel a little lost without our late-night legend — but also a little relieved that we no longer have to worry about objects flying off the roof of the Ed Sullivan Theater. Last year, I was honored to appear on the Late Show to reveal the ‘Top 10 Ways New York State Is Better Than Ever.' When Dave announced his retirement, we created our own Top Ten list in his honor. Today, on behalf of all New Yorkers, we have a new No. 1: Thank you Dave — we’ll miss you."

Read on to see how Hollywood is commemorating Letterman's final Late Show.


You sir, are a true gentleman @Letterman #latenight #flirt #laugh #finalcall

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Thank you, Dave. Love you.

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"Since his days as a weatherman on a local Indianapolis newscast, where he’s described the awesome responsibility of...

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Me and Elaine from the "Seinfeld" show about to bust onto the Last Letterman. We felt so honored....

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#ThanksDave Late Show with David Letterman

Posted by Jennifer Lawrence on Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Well, that was extraordinary. #thanksdave @letterman

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And the new host of the late show is.

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Dear Dave- you really know how to make a gal feel like a trillion bucks. Thank you for it all. Love- Lena

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