Final Late Show with David Letterman Date Announced

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CBS and Worldwide Pants Incorporated announced today that David Letterman’s final broadcast of his “Late Show” will air on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 (11:35 PM-12:37 AM, ET/PT) on CBS. He will be replaced by Stephen Colbert, whose Comedy Central show “The Colbert Report” ends its run on December 18.

“David Letterman has given to all of us a remarkable legacy of achievement and creative brilliance that will never be forgotten,” said Leslie Moonves, President and CEO of the CBS Corporation. “It’s going to be tough to say goodbye, but I know we will all cherish the shows leading up to Dave’s final broadcast in May.”

The longest-tenured late night talk show host at more than 32 years, Letterman, announced his retirement on the April 3 broadcast after hosting CBS’s “Late Show” for 22 years, and 32 years altogether as a late night host. Since premiering on August 30, 1993, the comedy talk panel program has scored 73 Emmy Award nominations, winning nine. Letterman’s late night TV hosting debut came on Feb. 1, 1982 with the premiere of NBC’s groundbreaking “Late Night with David Letterman.” As of May 20, 2015, Letterman will have hosted 6,028 total episodes of both “Late Night” and “Late Show.”

“The Late Show with David Letterman” is a production of Worldwide Pants Incorporated. Barbara Gaines, Matt Roberts, Jude Brennan, Maria Pope and Rob Burnett are the executive producers. Jerry Foley is the director.