David Letterman’s final show is Wednesday, May 20. During the nights leading up to the final show, many A-list celebrities have stopped by to talk to Letterman one more time before he leaves the show.
The network has announced that Letterman, 68, and his late-night talk show will be celebrated with a three-night event starting Monday, May 18. Tom Hanks will make his 60th Late Show with David Letterman appearance on Monday and chat with Letterman 31 years after his first appearance. Eddie Vedder will perform, backed by Paul Shaffer and the CBS Orchestra.
Entertainment Weekly says David Letterman’s final guest on Tuesday will be the same as his first guest.
“David Letterman has picked Bill Murray to be his last announced guest to be interviewed on Late Show with David Letterman.”
Murray’s appearance on Letterman’s show will be his 44th time over the last 33 years. His first visit was in 1982 when Letterman’s show was on NBC.
Letterman’s final show on Wednesday, May 20 will have no announced guests. The only thing the network is revealing is that there will be surprises, highlights, and the show’s final Top Ten list.
“Letterman’s final show is May 20, which CBS says ‘will be an hour filled with surprises [and] memorable highlights.'”
Other guests who appeared during the week leading up to the final week included Howard Stern, Don Rickles, President Bill Clinton, Adam Sandler, Julia Roberts, Paul Shaffer, Ryan Adams, George Clooney, Tom Waits, Oprah Winfrey, and Norm Macdonald. George Clooney handcuffed himself to Letterman in an attempt to get Letterman to stay and not retire.
CBS announced that Jane Pauley will interview Letterman on this weekend’s CBS Sunday Morning. Letterman will be answering questions instead of asking them in what will be his only television interview before leaving the Late Show.
As Letterman approaches his final show, he’s booked big-name guests and has seen bigger ratings than his show has seen in years. Last week’s shows averaged 3.816 million viewers, the biggest audience in four years.
David Michael Letterman is a television host, comedian, writer, producer, and actor. He has been a fixture on late night television since the February 1, 1982 debut of Late Night with David Letterman on NBC. On April 3, 2014, Letterman announced he would retire in 2015. CBS announced that Stephen Colbert, comedian, writer, and host of Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report since 2005, will take Letterman’s place.
When David Letterman says goodbye to the Late Show after 22 years on Wednesday, May 20, he will have hosted 6,028 broadcasts, according to Us Weekly.
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