David Letterman Announces Retirement: 12 Memorable Moments


David Letterman has announced his plans to retire from The Late Show in 2015 after a 21-year run on CBS.

“The man who owns this network, Leslie Moonves, he and I have had a relationship for years and years and years, and we have had this conversation in the past, and we agreed that we would work together on this circumstance and the timing of this circumstance,” Letterman explained during his show on Thursday (watch video above). “And I phoned him just before the program, and I said ‘Leslie, it’s been great, you’ve been great, and the network has been great, but I’m retiring.”

To honor the TV host in light of this news, here are some of his greatest moments on the show:

Where’s Joaquin Phoenix? (2009)

Oh … there he is! (2010)

Madonna gives David a hard time (1994)

David keeps it real with Paris Hilton (2007)

Drew Barrymore dances on David’s desk for his birthday (1995)

David returns after heart surgery (2000)

Oprah and David settle their feud (2005)

Bill Murray is one of David’s first guests  (1993)

… and visits again 21 years later to take a selfie with Lady Gaga (2014)

Richard Simmons steamer explosion (2009)

Selena Gomez and David both made Justin Bieber cry (2013)

David takes over Taco Bell Drive-Thru (1996)