After more than 6,000 broadcasts and 33 years in late-night television, David Letterman took the stage for the final time on Wednesday to a sustained standing ovation from the audience at the Ed Sullivan Theater.
“Please be seated. I don’t know what to do. That’s it — stop it,” he said, motioning for the audience to sit. “See, now what happens, we don’t have time for the ‘giving gifts to the audience’ segment.”
In his final monologue, he took a pointed jab at his unhappy history with NBC, where he was passed over as Johnny Carson’s successor in favor of Jay Leno.
“I’ll be honest with you. It’s beginning to look like I’m not going to get The Tonight Show,” Letterman quipped.
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