David Letterman

American comedian and talk show host David Letterman

David Michael Letterman is an American television host and comedian. He hosts the late night television talk show, Late Show with David Letterman, broadcast on CBS. Letterman has been a fixture on late night television since the 1982 debut of Late Night with David Letterman on NBC. Letterman recently surpassed friend and mentor Johnny Carson for having the longest late-night hosting career in the United States of America. Letterman is also a television and film producer.
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Joel McHale On Moving to Netflix After 'The Soup' and Being Asked to 'Lay Off' the Kardashians - Variety
Google News - 1 day
Variety Joel McHale On Moving to Netflix After 'The Soup' and Being Asked to 'Lay Off' the Kardashians Variety Netflix has poached another one. After nabbing Ryan Murphy, David Letterman and Shonda Rhimes, the streaming goliath has recruited Joel McHale, the former host of E!'s “The Soup,” who has landed his own weekly pop culture commentary series, “The Joel ... Joel McHale on Doing 'The Soup' 2.0 for Netflix and Why He Won't Target TrumpHollywood Reporter Joel McHale: A 'Late-Night' Host Who Doesn't Want to Talk About TrumpDaily Beast Joel McHale lets us quote him out of context to sell his new Netflix showEW.com (blog) cleveland.com (blog) -USA TODAY -Washington Post -Glamour all 29 news articles »
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George and Amal Clooney sponsoring Iraqi refugee attending U. of C.
Chicago Times - 8 days
University of Chicago computer science student Hazim Avdal was too busy with schoolwork to watch his interview with David Letterman when it premiered Friday morning. Avdal sat down with the veteran talk show host to explain how he left Iraq after ISIS targeted his hometown and received support...
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Obama's stern warning for Trump
CNN - about 1 month
During a conversation with David Letterman on his new Netflix program, former President Barack Obama issued a stern warning for the current commander in chief: "One of the things that Michelle figured out, in some ways faster than I did, was part of your ability to lead the country doesn't have to do with legislation, doesn't have to do with regulations, it has to do with shaping attitudes, shaping culture, increasing awareness." Although Obama was extremely hesitant about directly commenting about President Donald Trump, the message he sent was clear.
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Zelizer: Obama has a stern warning for Trump
CNN - about 1 month
During a conversation with David Letterman on his new Netflix program, former President Barack Obama issued a stern warning for the current commander in chief: "One of the things that Michelle figured out, in some ways faster than I did, was part of your ability to lead the country doesn't have to do with legislation, doesn't have to do with regulations, it has to do with shaping attitudes, shaping culture, increasing awareness." Although Obama was extremely hesitant about directly commenting about President Donald Trump, the message he sent was clear.
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Netflix Brings David Letterman Back To The Interview Chair — With A Few Twists
NPR - about 1 month
The former late night host returns to what he does best — interesting, unpredictable talk — in his new series, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction. (Image credit: Joe Pugliese/Netflix)
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Obama Tells David Letterman Why He Never Cuts Loose While Dancing
Huffington Post - about 1 month
“You got to stay in the pocket."
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Obama will be the first guest on Letterman's new Netflix talk show - Washington Post
Google News - about 2 months
Washington Post Obama will be the first guest on Letterman's new Netflix talk show Washington Post With his new monthly Netflix talk show, David Letterman is returning to the limelight — and bringing former president Barack Obama with him. Obama will be the first guest on “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman,” set to begin Jan ... Obama Announced as First Guest on New Letterman Talk ShowNew York Times David Letterman's New Show Has a Title and a Premiere Date—and Barack ObamaVanity Fair My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman | Trailer [HD] | NetflixYouTube all 165 news articles »
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Obama Announced as First Guest on New Letterman Talk Show
NYTimes - about 2 months
One of the former president’s first sit-down television interviews will be on David Letterman’s new monthly Netflix talk show.
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David Letterman, celebrated late-night TV host, receives U.S. humor prize
Reuters.com - 4 months
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - David Letterman, a pioneering entertainer who was the longest-running host of late-night TV in U.S. history, was honored on Sunday for his contributions to American culture.
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David Letterman making a comeback with Netflix series
CBS News - 6 months
Former "Late Show" host David Letterman is making a comeback in the form of six hour-long interview specials for Netflix. The programs will feature an interview with a single guest, and comedy segments from the field.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of David Letterman
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  • 2016
    Age 68
    In 2016, Letterman joined the climate change documentary show Years of Living Dangerously as one of the show's celebrity correspondents.
  • 2015
    Age 67
    In 2015, he said that "For years and years and years – 30, 40 years – I was anxious and hypochondriacal and an alcoholic, and many, many other things that made me different from other people."
    In 2015, Forbes estimated that Letterman's annual income was $35 million.
    Letterman's last episode aired on May 20, 2015, and opened with a presidential send off featuring the four of the five living American presidents, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, each mimicking the late president Gerald Ford's statement that "Our long national nightmare is over."
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    Philbin again interviewed Letterman (and Shaffer) while guest-hosting CBS' The Late Late Show (between the tenures of Craig Ferguson and James Corden) on January 27, 2015.
    His contract was subsequently extended to 2015.
  • 2014
    Age 66
    During the taping of his April 3, 2014, show, Letterman announced that he had informed CBS president Leslie Moonves that he would retire from hosting Late Show by May 20, 2015.
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  • 2013
    Age 65
    On November 5, 2013, Letterman and Bruce McCall published a fiction satire book titled This Land Was Made for You and Me (But Mostly Me).
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    In June 2013, he appeared in the second episode of season two of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.
    Winfrey interviewed Letterman in January 2013 on Oprah's Next Chapter.
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  • 2012
    Age 64
    Letterman was a recipient of the 2012 Kennedy Center Honors, where he was called "one of the most influential personalities in the history of television, entertaining an entire generation of late-night viewers with his unconventional wit and charm."
    Known for rarely giving interviews, Letterman appeared as a guest on CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight on May 29, 2012, when he was interviewed by Regis Philbin, the guest host and long-time friend.
    In April 2012, CBS announced it had extended its contract with Letterman through 2014.
    Murray later went on to become one of Letterman's most recurrent guests, guesting on the show's 30th anniversary episode, which aired January 31, 2012 and on the very last show, which aired May 20, 2015.
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    As of 2012, he still owned the truck.
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  • 2011
    Age 63
    He won four American Comedy Awards and in 2011 became the first recipient of the Johnny Carson Award for Comedic Excellence at The Comedy Awards.
  • 2009
    Age 61
    On October 5, 2009, Letterman devoted a segment of his show to a public apology to his wife and staff.
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    On October 3, 2009, a former CBS employee, Holly Hester, announced that she and Letterman had engaged in a year-long "secret" affair in the early 1990s while she was his intern and a student at New York University.
    He was indicted by a Manhattan grand jury and pleaded not guilty to a charge of attempted grand larceny on October 2, 2009.
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    On October 1, 2009, Letterman announced on his show that he had been the victim of a blackmail attempt by someone threatening to reveal that he had had sex with several of his female employees, and at the same time, he confirmed that he had had such relationships.
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    Letterman and Lasko wed on March 19, 2009, during a quiet courthouse civil ceremony in Choteau, Montana, where he purchased a ranch in 1999.
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  • 2008
    Age 60
    His beard was shaved off during the show on January 7, 2008.
    Late Show went off air for eight weeks during the months of November and December because of the Writers Guild of America strike. Letterman's production company, Worldwide Pants, was the first company to make an individual agreement with the WGA, thus allowing his show to come back on air on January 2, 2008.
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    On his June 10 show, Letterman responded to the controversy, saying the jokes were meant to be about Palin's eighteen-year-old daughter, Bristol, whose pregnancy as an unmarried teenager caused controversy during the United States presidential election of 2008. "These are not jokes made about (Palin's) 14-year-old daughter," he said. "I would never, never make jokes about raping or having sex of any description with a 14-year-old girl."
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  • FIFTIES
  • 2007
    Age 59
    On September 10, 2007, Letterman made his first appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
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    Winfrey and Letterman also appeared together in a Late Show promo that aired during CBS's coverage of Super Bowl XLI in February 2007, with the two sitting next to each other on the couch watching the game.
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  • 2005
    Age 57
    The feud apparently ended in 2005 when Winfrey appeared on CBS's Late Show with David Letterman on December 2, in an event Letterman jokingly referred to as "the Super Bowl of Love".
    In early 2005, it was revealed that Carson occasionally sent jokes to Letterman, who used these jokes in his monologue; according to CBS senior vice president Peter Lassally (a one-time producer for both men), Carson got "a big kick out of it."
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  • 2002
    Age 54
    In March 2002, as Letterman's contract with CBS neared expiration, ABC offered him the time slot for long-running news program Nightline with Ted Koppel.
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  • 2000
    Age 52
    Upon his return to the show on February 21, 2000, Letterman brought all but one of the doctors and nurses on stage who had participated in his surgery and recovery (with extra teasing of a nurse who had given him bed baths—"This woman has seen me naked!"), including Dr. O. Wayne Isom and physician Louis Aronne, who frequently appears on the show.
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    On January 14, 2000, a routine check-up revealed that an artery in Letterman's heart was severely obstructed.
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  • 1998
    Age 50
    After she committed suicide in October 1998, Letterman told The New York Times that he had great compassion for her.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1995
    Age 47
    On March 27, 1995, Letterman acted as the host for the 67th Academy Awards ceremony.
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  • 1993
    Age 45
    From 1993 to 2009, Letterman ranked higher than Leno in the annual Harris Poll of Nation's Favorite TV Personality 12 times.
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    The new show debuted on August 30, 1993, and was taped at the historic Ed Sullivan Theater, where Ed Sullivan broadcast his eponymous variety series from 1948 to 1971.
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  • 1992
    Age 44
    In 1992, Johnny Carson retired, and many fans believed that Letterman would become host of The Tonight Show.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1986
    Age 38
    Letterman and Regina Lasko (born November 20, 1960) started dating in February 1986, while he was still living with Markoe.
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  • 1982
    Age 34
    NBC kept Letterman under contract to try him in a different time slot. Late Night with David Letterman debuted February 1, 1982; the first guest on the first show was Bill Murray.
    He hosted a late night television talk show for 33 years, beginning with the February 1, 1982, debut of Late Night with David Letterman on NBC, and ending with the May 20, 2015, broadcast of the Late Show with David Letterman on CBS.
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  • 1980
    Age 32
    On June 23, 1980, Letterman was given his own morning comedy show on NBC, The David Letterman Show.
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  • 1978
    Age 30
    He also had a long-term relationship and lived with former head writer and producer on Late Night, Merrill Markoe (born August 13, 1948) from 1978 to 1988.
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    His dry, sarcastic humor caught the attention of scouts for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, and Letterman was soon a regular guest on the show. Letterman became a favorite of Carson and was a regular guest host for the show beginning in 1978.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1977
    Age 29
    He hosted a 1977 pilot for a game show entitled The Riddlers (that was never picked up), and co-starred in the Barry Levinson-produced comedy special Peeping Times that aired in January 1978.
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    By the summer of 1977, Letterman was a writer and regular on the six-week summer series The Starland Vocal Band Show, broadcast on CBS.
  • 1975
    Age 27
    In 1975, encouraged by his then-wife Michelle and several of his Sigma Chi fraternity brothers, Letterman moved to Los Angeles, California, with hope of becoming a comedy writer.
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  • 1971
    Age 23
    In 1971 Letterman appeared as a pit road reporter for ABC Sports' tape-delayed coverage of the Indianapolis 500.
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  • 1969
    Age 21
    He is a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity, and he graduated in 1969 from what was then the Department of Radio and Television.
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  • 1968
    Age 20
    On July 2, 1968, Letterman married his college sweetheart Michelle Cook (born July 2, 1946) in Muncie, Indiana; the marriage ended in divorce by October 1977.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1947
    Born
    Born on April 12, 1947.
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