This comes as no surprise, and yet it is very surprising. David Letterman is retiring next week. This is a breaking news event, so not much is known at the moment, but CNN’s Senior Media Correspondent Brian Stelter just tweeted the following.
It’s true. David Letterman just announced he is retiring in 2015. More soon.
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) April 3, 2014
Twitter is in the process of breaking.
Letterman, a comedy god to every single comedian except for Jay Leno, has struggled to remain relevant in a late night sphere where success is increasingly being gauged by YouTube views, as opposed to traditional ratings. His rivals Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel have excelled at creating buzzy moments that are designed to wrack up likes and shares the following day. But Lord knows Dave has tried. Just last night he took a #selfie on his show with internet icons Bill Murray and Lady Gaga. I saw it on at least three sites today.
But Letterman, who will address his retirement on his show tonight, is also aging, has a history of serious health issues, and is raising a young son. This seems like a good time to call it quits. No doubt that in the next few days, you will be bombarded by tributes to the late night legend, but if there is one thing you should remember Dave by, let it be this: