David Letterman to Retire from ‘Late Show’ in 2015

David Letterman (Photo: AP)

David Letterman is calling it quits in 2015.

According to multiple reports, the revered “Late Show” host will retire from his position next year, after more than two decades behind the desk of the CBS talk series.

The news first broke via R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills, who was in attendance at today’s “Late Show” taping as the episode’s musical guest. “Dave just announced his retirement,” Mills wrote on Twitter around 4:00 p.m. ET.

News of Letterman’s retirement is not a shock to many. Last year, the comedian signed a two-year contract extension with CBS, prompting insiders to speculate he would hang up his boots when the deal came to an end.

Letterman began his career as a radio talk show host, and moved to television in 1980 to helm the NBC morning series “The David Letterman Show.” Two years later, Dave jumped to the witching hour as the host of “Late Night with David Letterman,” a slot that would be assumed by Conan O’Brien 11 years later. When Jay Leno was chosen to replace Johnny Carson on “The Tonight Show” in 1992, Letterman jumped ship to CBS, and has been hosting the “Late Show” ever since.

Letterman’s taped announcement will reportedly air on tonight’s “Late Show,” which airs on CBS at 11:35 ET. In the meantime, the show’s YouTube channel has posted a sneak peek:

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