David Letterman announced that he will retire from his late night talk show in 2015.

Letterman, 66, made his announcement while taping Thursday night’s Late Show With David Letterman in New York City, reported TMZ. He informed the audience that he will tape his last show in the studio sometime in 2015.

Musician Mike Mills, who will be featured on Thursday night's airing, confirmed Letterman’s retirement on Twitter.


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Letterman is the longest-running late-night talk show host in TV history. After gaining steam as a stand-up comedian in the 70s, in which he often appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, he eventually landed his own late-night show in 1982 – Late Night with David Letterman.

When Letterman lost out to Jay Leno to replace Johnny Carson as the Tonight Show host, he moved over to CBS, where he began hosting his current show – The Late Show with David Letterman.

All told, Letterman will have been a fixture of the late-night landscape for 22 years when he retires next year.

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