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David Letterman, the longtime host of CBS’s “Late Show,” has announced his retirement, reportedly effective next year.
The story, first reported by R.E.M.’s Mike Mills (a performer on tonight’s broadcast) and confirmed by CNN’s Brian Stelter, puts the final capper on what is perhaps Letterman’s most notorious trait: his longtime rivalry with NBC’s Jay Leno, who left “The Tonight Show” earlier this year. Leno famously beat Letterman to succeed Johnny Carson at “Tonight,” paving the way for Letterman to build a late-night franchise at CBS, his home since 1993.
Letterman began his national broadcast career as the inaugural host of “Late Night,” the NBC show at which he was succeeded by Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon, and, most recently, Seth Meyers. There and at CBS, he was well-known and -regarded for irony, biting interviews, and stunts like “Stupid Pet Tricks” and destroying things.
The race to succeed Letterman begins; unlike at NBC, which moved out Leno twice in order to replace him with O’Brien and with Fallon, there’s no transparent succession plan at CBS. Craig Ferguson’s “Late Late Show” airs after Letterman’s program but Ferguson has no guarantee of moving on to the 11:35 spot. No matter who replaces Letterman, a new generation will truly have established itself, with the younger and more cheerful Fallon at NBC and the insurgent bro-esque Jimmy Kimmel on ABC. This will be fun to watch — as will the march towards retirement from a fellow whose congenital crankiness seemed as though it’d always be on our sets.
Daniel D'Addario is a staff reporter for Salon's entertainment section. Follow him on Twitter @DPD_More Daniel D'Addario.
Like little stars.
World's best pie apple. Essential for Tarte Tatin. Has five prominent ribs.
So pretty. So early. So ephemeral. Tastes like strawberry candy (slightly).
My personal fave. Ultra-crisp. Graham cracker flavor. Should be famous. Isn't.
High flavored with notes of blood orange and allspice. Very rare.
Jefferson's favorite. The best all-purpose American apple.
New Hampshire's native son has a grizzled appearance and a strangely addictive curry flavor. Very, very rare.
Makes the best hard cider in America. Soon to be famous.
Freak seedling found in an Oregon field in the '60s has pink flesh and a fragrant strawberry snap. Makes a killer rose cider.
Ben Franklin's favorite. Queen Victoria's favorite. Only apple native to NYC.
Really does taste like pineapple.