Saying good-bye to the new King of Late Night
A bit of upsetting news today: David Letterman has announced that he’ll be retiring from his post as host of the “Late Show” in 2015. The new King of Late Night is the longest-running host in late-night television history with an impressive 33-year career (including 2015). Whatever your opinion of Letterman, there’s no denying his talent as a talk show host and his ability to captivate millions for more than three decades.
I’ve always been a Letterman fan. His dedication to the craft, wit in the face of naysayers, and undeniable humor have always put me in a good mood and given me an appreciation for the talk show medium. I never had the opportunity to watch Johnny Carson while he was on the air, but from what I’ve since watched on YouTube and DVDs, there is no question in my mind that there was no better heir to the late-night throne than David Letterman. Given the dichotomy between Letterman and his arch-nemesis Jay Leno, there was always a divide among the viewing public. I never much cared for Jay Leno’s persona or sense of humor. So the choice was always clear.
David Letterman has always been the host with the most impressive interviews, most entertaining program, and most endearing storyline. His frequent interviews with comedians and impressionists were always of particular interest to me. They spurred my interest in comedy and impressions with the likes of Dana Carvey, Rich Little, and Kevin Spacey bringing to life celebrities we may have never otherwise seen on television. For that great gift, I will always be grateful. There is never a good time to say farewell, but at least we’ve got a year to prepare our good-byes.
Thank you, Mr. Letterman, for all the humor and wit you’ve brought into our homes these last thirty years, and may your next journey be just as fulfilling as your last. You will be sorely missed.