Dave Letterman. My TV pal.
I can’t say that I’ve been looking forward to this, but after thirty-three years in late night television… it’s about time Dave. You deserve it.
Your son Harry deserves it.
I’d gladly put up with your wacky shit for another ten years, but the fact is the medium has changed. What used to be your cutting edge humor and groundbreaking shenanigans had been replaced by Steve-O and Bam Margera and Johnny Knoxville doing things from eating donkey shit to stapling stuff to their balls.
Conan came close, and was the same breath of fresh air you had been years earlier.
And then, as kind of the forerunner to your announcement today, along came Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon. There’s no way to keep up with them.
That idiot with the enormous chin who retired then sucked in prime-time, then un-retired, came back and sucked some more, then finally got put out to pasture? He tried to keep doing “The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson” and sort of got away with it.
You made the transition from Johnny to Jimmy (whichever one you choose, or both) possible by taking late night “talk” shows to the next level, and it hasn’t been till the past few years there was anyone else coming along who could take it to the level after that.
For the advertisers, late night needed to get younger.
For the viewing audience, it was more important to stay current and new and personable. You couldn’t start getting younger, but God bless you, you stayed true to your form and never catered to anybody.
I suppose the quintuple by-pass a few years ago kind of took the velcro jumpsuit out of the mix, but nobody came close to running the works the way you have.
Leave “The Tonight Show” out of it for the time being:
late night TV started with Steve Allen, Jack Paar…
a new generation embraced Johnny…
and you kept it up for yet another generation who has embraced you.
Time for Messrs. Fallon and Kimmel to carry it into the future with the next generation.
Thanks, in advance, for what will eventually close the curtains after thirty-three years.
And we can’t thank you enough for bringing Paul into our lives with you.
Don’t even think about doing a prime time show each night at 10:00.
That would be beneath you.