Barack Obama leads tributes to David Letterman as legendary talk show host steps down

The President of the United States was joined by the likes of Ellen DeGeneres, Hillary Clinton and Kim Kardashian in praising the veteran broadcaster as the final episode of The Late Show with David Letterman aired in the US

Not every one can expect a message from the President of the United States when they retire – but chat show host David Letterman was lucky enough to get one last night. 

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Barack Obama led tributes yesterday as legendary talk show host said a fond farewell to his Late Show. 

The 68-year-old stepped down from his hosting duties after announcing plans to retire in April 2014. He’s been a fixture on the talk show scene since 1982 when Late Night with David Letterman first started on NBC. That’s 33 years, making him the longest-serving late night talk show host in American TV history.

It seems no one was pleased to see him go, not least the President who, as Letterman’s final stint behind the desk aired, POTUS took to Twitter to say TV would never be the same.

Dear Dave- you really know how to make a gal feel like a trillion bucks. Thank you for it all. Love- Lena

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Letterman will be replaced by Stephen Colbert. The Late Show with Stephen Colbert is expected to premiere in September. 


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