Presidents rejoice in David Letterman's departure: "Our long national nightmare is finally over"

Poor, poor Letterman

Published May 21, 2015 2:03PM (EDT)

   (The Late Show with David Letterman)
(The Late Show with David Letterman)

With David Letterman finally stepping down from the "Late Show," our long national nightmare may finally be over. (Jk, there's always Jeb Bush).

Letterman's last-ever "Late Show" episode Wednesday night opened with a montage-roast of presidents expressing their delight in hearing that the late-night host would finally be departing from the show. It included Gerald Ford, followed by some presidents who are actually still alive: George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, a returning customer of the show this month.

“You’re just kidding, right?” Letterman finally asks Obama at the end of the bit. He shrugs.

Watch the clip below:

By Colin Gorenstein

Colin Gorenstein is Salon's assistant editor of internet and viral content. Follow @colingorenstein or email

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