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Darlene Love Sings ‘Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)’ For David Letterman For First Time In Nine Years, And The World Is Set Aright

Darlene Love’s annual television performance of Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) was essentially orphaned after CBS’s Late Show With David Letterman went off the air in 2015, putting an end to the 28-year streak that had the music legend singing her signature holiday song with Paul Shaffer‘s band on Letterman’s last original show before Christmas each December. But they all reunited — not over the air, but on YouTube — for a resumption of the tradition.

David Letterman Reclaims His Desk At ‘The Late Show’

Eight years after retiring from the CBS show, the former latenight host sat down with his successor, Stephen Colbert.

David Letterman Interviews Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky

Winfrey, Letterman Among Moderators For Michelle Obama Book Tour

NEW YORK (AP) — Oprah Winfrey, David Letterman and Ellen DeGeneres are among the celebrity moderators joining former first lady Michelle Obama on tour for her upcoming book, “The Light We […]

David Letterman’s Interview With Seth Meyers Was Latenight At Its Best

David Letterman: I Stayed On Network TV For Too Long

NEW YORK (AP) — David Letterman says he stuck around on network television about 10 years too long. He made that admission during an appearance Thursday on Ellen DeGeneres’ talk […]

Letterman’s Netflix Talk Show Renewed For Season 2

Obama To Be Letterman’s First Netflix Guest

David Letterman has amassed an all-star roster of guests for his Netflix talk show series, titled My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman. The 60-minute show will stream monthly with the first episode launching on Friday, Jan. 12, and the additional five episodes streaming, one a month, after that. Letterman will kick off the series with a chat with Barack Obama.

Letterman Honored With Mark Twain Prize

The 70-year-old David Letterman spent 33 years on late-night TV, hosting long-running shows on NBC and then on CBS. His final broadcast on May 20, 2015, was episode No. 6,028 that Letterman hosted. It shattered the record of his mentor, Johnny Carson.

The Misunderstood History Of Trump On Letterman

Letterman Getting Netflix Show Next Year

David Letterman is returning to a regular TV gig, setting a deal with Netflix for a show that will combine long-form interviews with reports from the field. Netflix has ordered six episodes of the hourlong series, to be produced by New York-based RadicalMedia and Letterman’s Worldwide Pants banner. The untitled show is targeted to debut next year.

David Letterman To Receive Mark Twain Prize

Like Mark Twain, David Letterman distinguished himself as a cockeyed, deadpan observer of American behavior and, later in life, for his prodigious and distinctive facial hair. Now the two satirists share a further connection: Today, Letterman was named the next recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, the award granted annually by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

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Why Letterman Surpassed Leno As Comic, Host

Unlikely Star, David Letterman’s Mom Dies At 95

NEW YORK (AP) — David Letterman’s mother Dorothy Mengering, a Midwestern homemaker who became an unlikely celebrity in her 70s as she baked mystery pies and covered the Olympics for […]

David Letterman’s Unlikely Archivist

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On TV, He Stops Fans With His Tongue

Letterman (And His Beard) Shop At Target

The former Late Show host on the liberation of retirement: shaving optional, shopping solo and coming to terms with a certain latenight feud.

Letterman: ‘I Don’t Know Why They Didn’t Give My Show To A Woman’

Peabody Awards To Honor Stewart, Letterman

Letterman, Even Retired, Keeps On Interviewing

Letterman To Donate Set, Props To Ball State

Stephen Colbert Gets Tips From David Letterman

Letterman Delivers Top 10 List Targeting Trump

Some things are more important than retirement. David Letterman was called back into action this weekend with a brand-new Top Ten List inspired by the recent presidential candidacy of Donald […]

David Letterman Signs Off As Latenight Host

Letterman presided over 6,028 broadcasts on CBS and NBC, the transplanted Hoosier making Top 10 lists and ironic humor staples of television comedy and an influence to a generation of performers. True to his self-deprecating style, he said Stephen Hawking estimated that tenure delivered “about eight minutes of laughter.”

David Letterman Counts Down To His Exit

David Letterman will close out his influential career on latenight television tonight with his 6,028th episode. He’s kept details of the final show a secret.

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The Big Lesson We Learned From Letterman

David Letterman taught us to ward off celebrity stupidity. But stupidity won. He has done all he can in the face of so much stupidity, often by pretending to the stupidest one of all. There came a point — and Letterman saw it, you have to believe that he saw it — where his style, his aw-shucks approach was no longer effective against so much noise and trash.

Letterman’s Last Guests Include Hanks, Murray

Letterman On Retiring: It’s Time, But He’s Torn

By now he’s done it all. David Letterman has carved a place in cultural history with his pioneering brand of postmodern silliness that collared Late Night fans on his arrival in 1982 and subsequently was absorbed into the Age of Irony he played a major role in charting.

Letterman, The Last American Broadcaster

David Letterman, who steps down next week after more than 30 years in latenight TV, evolved from zany oddball to great American broadcaster, one without peer in his ability to segue from serious stuff to slapstick.

Letterman Leaves A Rich Comedic Bequest

The most prominent evidence of David Letterman’s impact is the reliance of today’s latenight hosts on a playbook that he developed.

No New Kimmel Opposite Letterman Finale

“I have too much respect for Dave to do anything that would distract viewers from watching his final show,” ABC latenight host Jimmy Kimmel said yesterday. Jimmy Fallon and Conan O’Brien aren’t following suit. NBC’s The Tonight Show and TBS’s Conan are planning original installments for May 20.

Paul Shaffer Ready To Disband The CBS Orchestra

NEW YORK (AP) — Hidden in the attention being paid to David Letterman leading to his May 20 retirement is the knowledge that it will also mean the end of […]

Letterman Reflects On 33 Years In Latenight

On May 20, David Letterman will preside over his last episode of Late Show, the CBS franchise he established and has hosted since 1993. As he prepares to leave the stage, he shares his takes on the industry, himself and the future.

Franken Urges Letterman To Run For U.S. Senate

Appearing on “The Late Show” Wednesday for the first time since he went to Washington in 2009, Franken denounced Indiana’s newly passed religious objections law that critics say sanctions discrimination […]

David Letterman Ends ‘Late Show’ Run May 20

David Letterman will end his 32-year run as host of CBS’s Late Show on Wednesday, May 20, 2015. Letterman, 67, announced his impending retirement last April. CBS later named Stephen Colbert of Comedy Central as Letterman’s replacement.

Man Accused In Letterman Kidnap Plot To Be Freed

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A man once accused of plotting to kidnap David Letterman’s young son and his son’s nanny from the comedian’s Montana ranch for a $5 million […]

David Letterman Nominated For Humor Prize

NEW YORK (AP) — David Letterman, maybe your next career should be as an author. The CBS ‘‘Late Show’’ host, scheduled to step down in 2015, is a finalist for […]

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David Letterman, Funny Forever

Letterman Gets Visit From Successor Colbert

Stephen Colbert, the Comedy Central host, visited the Late Show for the first time since it was announced earlier this month that he will replace David  Letterman sometime next year. He was greeted warmly, with Letterman introducing him as “very talented” and “always entertaining,” and the two men posed for the obligatory selfie.