Wednesday, April 24, 2024

David Letterman Gives a Classy, Heartfelt Farewell After 33 Years on TV: “Please save something for my funeral”


David Letterman went out with a classy final episode tonight. He gave good wishes to his successor, Stephen Colbert. He gave great thanks to his family, to the staff, and everyone involved with the show. He did joke that he might become the new face of Scientology, and that seemed clear now he would not be getting the Tonight show.

Letterman also presented an all star Top 10 list with Bill Murray, Barbara Walters, Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis Dreyfus, Steve Martin, Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Jim Carrey, Peyton Manning and Chris Rock. There were several film montages.

Letterman worked in a clip of himself with Mary Tyler Moore from the comedy sketch show on which he got his break; the show failed but the two remained great friends. There were a lot of references to Larry “Bud” Melman aka Calvin deForest, and many thank yous to Paul Shaffer.

Thirty three years really went by fast. A lifetime. #thanksdave.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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