After hosting more than 6,000 epidsodes, American comedian David Letterman will bow out as the host of CBS' the ''Late Show''. Elly Park reports.
David Letterman is gearing up to officially retire from his "Late Show" desk after 33 years. Letterman is the longest-serving host in American late-night television and has brought his sardonic, offbeat wit in segments such as his "Top Ten" list and "Stupid Pet Tricks". From presidents to movie stars to pop icons, many have sat in his guest chair, some coming back over and over again. Outside the Ed Sullivan theatre in New York fans called his retirement bitter-sweet. SOUNDBITE: Paul Mohrman, Letterman Fan, saying (English): "It's sad that's he's ending but I can understand it. I'm semi-retired myself and he has probably gotten to the point where he's done everything he can do." SOUNDBITE: Susie Sims Fletcher, Letterman Fan, saying (English): "I think that he's got a young son and a family and he's put a lot of time in, he'll do some other things. And no, I think he gets to make that decision for himself. I don't think it's the last thing we'll see of him though." SOUNDBITE: Pramod Meduru, Letterman Fan, saying (English): "No, no, it's the only good late night show on. And no, it's not time at all." Letterman began hosting the CBS show in August 1993, after leaving the rival NBC network. His final broadcast will be on May 20th, after which comedian Stephen Colbert will take over the reins of the "Late Show".