After 22 years with CBS, American television host, comedian, writer and producer David Letterman is set to take a bow in spring 2015. He will grace the stage of the Ed Sullivan Theater for one last time on May 20, 2015.
CBS announced on Wednesday that Letterman is expected to retire this spring with a career total of 6,028 episodes of late night TV including his early work with NBC. In 2013, Letterman surpassed friend and mentor Johnny Carson as the longest-serving late night talk show host in TV history, at 31 years.
However, Letterman’s retirement date is similar to that of his idol Johnny Carson who stepped down from the Tonight show on May 22, 1992. He will be succeeded by Stephen Colbert, writer and host of Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report since 2005.