|David Letterman in St. Pete last weekend|
The segment of the LATE SHOW with David Letterman filmed in St. Pete will air TONIGHT on CBS. Various IndyCar drivers and former drivers were interviewed by the show.
You may have heard that Dave announced his retirement from the show during today's taping. Letterman, the longest-running host in the history of late-night television, announced that he will retire from his CBS show next year, the latest shakeup in a rapidly changing late night talk-show lineup.
Mr. Letterman, who has always used his show as the outlet for discussing developments in both his life and his career, revealed his decision during a taping Thursday afternoon in Manhattan.
Letterman, 66, said he had informed the CBS president, Leslie Moonves, of his intention to step down from "The Late Show" at the end of his current contract, which expires in 2015. Mr. Letterman is considered by many to be the most original voice in the late-night format, and Mr. Moonves has been steadfast in his assurances in recent years that he would never ask Mr. Letterman to retire, saying at one point, “You don’t do that to a television legend."
His departure will mean that the coveted 11:35 pm time slot will have a largely new lineup of hosts. In January of 2013, Jimmy Kimmel moved his ABC show from midnight to 11:35, and in February Jimmy Fallon replaced Jay Leno on NBC’s "Tonight" show.
In his statement on the air, Mr. Letterman said he and Mr. Moonves had had previous conversations about how his retirement would be handled. "We agreed that we would work together on this circumstance and the timing of this circumstance," Mr. Letterman said. "And I phoned him just before the program, and I said ‘Leslie, it’s been great, you’ve been great, and the network has been great, but I’m retiring.'"