Thursday, December 11, 2014

David Letterman Has Set His Date of Departure

It's official folks.  Ol' Grumpy Dave has come to that "say it ain't so" moment we secretly all hoped he was too senile to remember.  He has picked his date of the last Letterman Late Show.  

Just saying...probably a good choice for the final guest.

It's been known since April that David Letterman would retire in 2015, with Stephen Colbert as his successor, but the date was up in the air until now: Letterman will host his final Late Show on May 20, 2015, ending his run at 6,028 episodes, reports Dave Itzkoff of the New York Times.

This date apparently works for Dave, and allows him to not pull a Jay Leno.  It also works for Colbert, who will have some time to get his (almost certainly hilarious) act together.  

However despite the convenient scheduling, this transition can do nothing but make everybody sad.  Change, especially in late night television, is hard.  

Fans of Dave are convinced that he can somehow find the secret to eternal life and host the show forever.  Fans of Colbert don't want to live without that face for six months while he prepares.  Fans of both just don't even know what to think.

Still though, the cruel march of time advances, and next week will be the final episode of The Colbert Report on Comedy Central.

On the plus side, Daily Show correspondent Larry Wilmore's Nightly Show (f.k.a. The Minority Report) debuts in Colbert's current time slot on January 19, and it could be the most interesting late night show on TV. No pressure or anything.

Regardless, the Late Show will live on.  The laughs will continue.  It has to.  Fallon is not allowed to win.

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