Hollywood Reacts to David Letterman Retirement: Ellen DeGeneres, Jimmy Kimmel, Lena Dunham Among Stars

Hollywood Reacts to David Letterman Retirement: Ellen DeGeneres, Jimmy Kimmel, Lena Dunham Among Stars

“Late Show” host's surprise announcement on Thursday spurred reaction throughout Tinseltown

David Letterman will retire in 2015, the “Late Show” host announced during a taping of his CBS show on Thursday.

According to a statement from his representatives, Letterman said he informed CBS Chairman and CEO Leslie Moonves that he would leave the show at the end of his contract.

The sudden announcement drew reactions from all around social media. Many different television and movie personalities tweeted their surprise and paid tribute to the late-night icon.

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See their reactions below:





  • Guest

    Gonna miss you, Dave. I'm a yr. younger and have followed you all these years. You've given us so many goofy laughs and yet can sit and do an actual interview. One thing I do admire is that if you're not totally up on a subject, you'll admit it and ask. That's how one learns but the ‘youngsters’ don't get that. Johnny Carson recognized that, knew you could fill his shoes.
    Yes, it's time (sadly for us) but now you'll get to spend even more time with Harry as he grows into a man, your wife, your Mom (whom I just love!).
    Best wishes and a long and happy, healthy life. Happy trails to you !!!

  • Me

    Dave, if you pass the reigns over to Craig Ferguson, tell him to get rid of that Italian accent. Cannot understand anything he says.

  • Trish Chasity

    I will miss your class and pizazz and laugh with the gap tooth. You have interviewed the best of them and once again you are leaving behind a legacy no one else will be able to fill once you take your final bow. God Bless you Dave and to Paul Schaffer, loved his glasses and jackets! LOL

  • Conrado

    Dave, you are one of a kind. I even watched your morning show way back when. Even then you were so incredibly creative and took comedy where no one had gone. You're a legend who no one can come close to. Well, maybe Sarah Palin, come to think of it. And she's funny without knowing it!