As expected, David Letterman’s celebrity-studded final night hosting Late Show ran long. Very long. Instead of the usual nip-and-tucking a network would do on a show that runs long, so as to keep programs running on-schedule-ish, CBS has made the call to let the show run long. Very long. Like pushing 17 minutes long-ish. Because, in round numbers, the network decided nobody who’s wrapping up a groundbreaking and record-setting 33-year career like Letterman’s should should have to worry on his last broadcast about coming in on time. Good for CBS. Set your DVRs accordingly.
“The last six weeks it’s been crazy. People have been saying lovely things about us, and it’s really been over the top. And I can’t tell you how flattering, embarrassing and gratifying it has all been. I have two things to say about all this: We have done over 6,000 shows and I was here for most of them and I can tell you a pretty high percentage of those shows absolutely sucked. And, also, in light of all of this praise, merited or not, do me a favor – save a little for my funeral. I’d appreciate it.
“I came here 22 years ago from NBC, and a fellow by the name of Howard Stringer ran CBS in those days, and he wanted us to do the show in this theater. Frankly, it was dump. It was a huge, horrible dump. It was not certified for habitation, and we came in and — this is a true story — it was crawling with rats. Big rats. But so many rafters and beams were falling down, the rats were stoop-shouldered. That’s absolutely a true story. And he turned into this beautiful theater, and now look at it, and we’ve come to call this home each and every day and love it more and more. And what a wonderful place to do a show.
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