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Letterman set to leave ‘Late Show’

David Letterman is retiring next year as host of “Late Show.”

During a taping of Thursday’s show, Letterman said he has informed CBS that he will step down in 2015, when his current contract expires.

He announced no specific end date, telling his audience he expects his exit will be in “at least a year or so, but sometime in the not too distant future – 2015, for the love of God, (band leader) Paul (Shaffer) and I will be wrapping things up.”

Referring to CBS Chairman Leslie Moonves as “the man who owns this network,” Letterman said, “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.’ ”

Letterman turns 67 next week. He has the longest tenure of any late-night talk show host in U.S. television history, already marking 32 years since he created “Late Night” at NBC in 1982.

– Associated Press

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