David Letterman to retire from ‘Late Show’ in 2015

FILE - In this July 16, 2013 file photo, host David Letterman smiles on the set of the “Late Show with David Letterman." A study released Monday of gags made by late-night comics found that Obama and Democrats provided the lion’s share of punchlines during the first six months of the year. That’s an abrupt change from 2012, when Mitt Romney proved a gift to the comic gods.  (AP Photo/CBS, John Paul Filo) MANDATORY CREDIT; NO ARVHIVE; NO SALES; FOR NORTH AMERICAN USE ONLY
FILE - In this July 16, 2013 file photo, host David Letterman smiles on the set of the “Late Show with David Letterman." A study released Monday of gags made by late-night comics found that Obama and Democrats provided the lion’s share of punchlines during the first six months of the year. That’s an abrupt change from 2012, when Mitt Romney proved a gift to the comic gods. (AP Photo/CBS, John Paul Filo) MANDATORY CREDIT; NO ARVHIVE; NO SALES; FOR NORTH AMERICAN USE ONLY

NEW YORK (AP) — David Letterman says he’s retiring next year as host of “Late Show.”

During a taping of Thursday’s show, Letterman said he has informed his CBS bosses that he will step down in 2015, when his current contract expires.

He told his audience he expects his departure will be “at least a year or so” from now.

Letterman turns 67 next week. He has the longest tenure of any late-night talk show host in U.S. television history, nearing 32 years since he created “Late Night” at NBC in 1982.

He jumped to CBS to start “Late Show” in 1993.

Jay Leno, his rival to host NBC’s “Tonight Show,” retired earlier this year, making way for Jimmy Fallon.

Looking back on Letterman’s career:

 

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