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.
See their reactions below:
David @Letterman is the best there is and ever was.
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) April 3, 2014
David @Letterman announced he's retiring in 2015. It's been 31 incredible years. Television won't be the same without you, Dave.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) April 3, 2014
David Letterman announces that he will retire next year. CBS frantically looking for someone named Jimmy.
— Albert Brooks (@AlbertBrooks) April 3, 2014
I love Letterman but I am really excited about what this could mean for the diversification of late night. Trying not to be a pessimist…
— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) April 3, 2014
Obvi will miss Letterman and his gorgeous tooth scenario/general brilliance
“Y’know who does a wonderful David Landerman impersonation? Joe Piscopo.” — the CBS exec they can’t fire because of nepotism
- Ann Curry (@AnnCurry) April 3, 2014
David Letterman is retiring so he can devote more time to being my dad.
— RainnWilson (@rainnwilson) April 3, 2014
Growing up in Indiana watching @Letterman was probably the biggest influence over my career.
— Jim Gaffigan (@JimGaffigan) April 3, 2014
SOMEONE PLEASE SEND JULIE CHEN MY VIDEOS
— billy eichner (@billyeichner) April 3, 2014
There is no replacement for @Letterman. He's the King.
— Andy Kindler (@AndyKindler) April 3, 2014
There has always been a direct line between Johnny Carson and David Letterman. Two of the best broadcasters ever. pic.twitter.com/QBc8YXn2ox
— Al Roker (@alroker) April 3, 2014
I can't believe David Letterman has announced his retirement–he is a great guy! @Letterman
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 3, 2014
Just had great time with@letterman. On Friday. No one like him.
— Billy Crystal (@BillyCrystal) April 3, 2014
Wow, @Letterman retiring. He's been a significant force in my "later" career. Thanks, Dave!
— Steve Martin (@SteveMartinToGo) April 3, 2014