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.
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.
TV won't be the same without Dave. pic.twitter.com/9q5NHTf3b5
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) May 20, 2015
Nooooo no no no thank YOU. Amazing show. Amazing man. #Letterman ?
— olivia wilde (@oliviawilde) May 21, 2015
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) May 21, 2015
He hasn't said a word and I'm crying. #ThanksDave
— Elizabeth Banks (@ElizabethBanks) May 21, 2015
All hail the king. #ThanksDave
— Ben Schwartz (@rejectedjokes) May 21, 2015
Any other east coast 30 something's getting a little emo on the couch right now. It's just dust….dusty in here…. #ThanksDave
— josh groban (@joshgroban) May 21, 2015
— Cobie Smulders (@CobieSmulders) May 21, 2015
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) May 21, 2015
Letterman will be replaced by Stephen Colbert. The Late Show with Stephen Colbert is expected to premiere in September.