David Letterman’s final show was one of the highest-rated shows of his career.
The final Late Show attracted nearly 13.8 million viewers on May 20.
The last time David Letterman had so many viewers was in February 1994, when his show aired after CBS’ coverage of the Winter Olympics.
David Letterman, now 68, began his late-night career on NBC in 1982, before moving to CBS’s Late Show in 1993.
The finale show, which ran 17 minutes over the usual hour, kicked off with a two-minute standing ovation.
David Letterman was joined by guests including Steve Martin, Peyton Manning, Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, Tina Fey and Jim Carrey.
Foo Fighters performed David Letterman’s favorite song, Everlong. The rock band once performed the song, by request, after David Letterman’s open-heart surgery in 2000.
The finale also saw a rise in viewers for The Late Late Show, which followed directly after. Four million viewers tuned in to watch James Corden, the host’s highest rating over his first two months in the job.
However, David Letterman’s final show failed to draw in as many viewers as Jay Leno’s farewell from The Tonight Show in 2014, which averaged 14.6 million viewers.
Stephen Colbert, host of Comedy Central’s acclaimed late-night show The Colbert Report, will succeed David Letterman.
Donald Trump has made his first public appearance since “huge announcement” as a guest on the Late Show With David Letterman to further explain the offer which turned out to be a $5 million charity donation in exchange for Barack Obama’s old college and passport records.
When asked by David Letterman why he was orchestrating the demand, Donald Trump replied: “Transparency.”
He added: “There’s too much we don’t know about our president.”
When David Letterman asked what kind of damning evidence would be revealed by college records, Donald Trump said: “A line saying place of birth” – an apparent indication that Trump still may not believe the president was born in the U.S., despite Barack Obama’s release of his birth certificate last year.
“I hope everything [in Obama’s records] is perfect – and it might be.”
“If it was negative – there wouldn’t be an election.”
On the subject of Barack Obama’s birth certificate, Donald Trump said that it took Obama six years to provide it, when “I could give it to you in less than an hour.”
As the audience applauded, Donald Trump raised his hands, relishing in the moment on the late night stage.
But David Letterman ordered the crowd to stop clapping, saying “the breeze will disturb [Trump’s] hair”.
Moving along, Donald Trump said that what he likes most about Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is his stance on China before showing off his shirt and tie line currently being sold at Macy’s stores.
But as David Letterman quickly revealed, the ties were made in China.
Donald Trump has made his first public appearance since huge announcement on the Late Show With David Letterman
Hours earlier, Donald Trump has received an counter-offer to his “bordering-on-gigantic” news about the President.
Donald Trump had hyped his “big reveal” for several days on major news outlets while incessantly tweeting about his “game changer” information in the final weeks before the election.
Political satirist Stephen Colbert has now ramped up the stakes for the Apprentice star by offering Donald Trump a donation to a charity of his choice – with rather more x-rated consequences.
On his Comedy Central show The Colbert Report, the sarcastic host told the audience: “Mr. Trump, I will write you a cheque to the charity of your choice for $1million…. if you will let me dip my balls in your mouth.”
Stephen Colbert added: “Nothing would make me happier than to write this cheque… and nothing would make America happier than something going into your mouth instead of coming out of it.”
Donald Trump had yet to respond to Stephen Colbert’s offer which the comic set for “5:00 p.m. on October 31” – the same deadline that Trump gave Barack Obama.
The billionaire made his YouTube offer on Wednesday at noon, promising to donate $5 million to a charity of Barack Obama’s choice if he revealed the information.
Donald Trump denied his elaborate staging was a publicity stunt, insisting this was “not a media event”, but instead is “about the United States of America”.
Stephen Colbert, who is left-leaning, was far from the only public figure to mock the billionaire businessman.
Broadcaster Barbara Walters scolded her “friend” on The View today saying: “Donald, you’re not hurting Obama, you’re hurting Donald, and that hurts me because you’re a decent man.”
Donald Trump was characteristically unrepentant today, returning to Twitter to directly respond: “@BarbaraJWalters @theviewtv – Why did you choose me as one of the 10 Most Fascinating People of the Year last season (and more than once?)”
The Internet exploded yesterday with mock responses to Donald Trump’s announcement.
Comedian Andy Borowitz tweeted: “Attention parents: if you give your children even the tiniest bit of attention now, maybe they won’t grow up to be Donald Trump.”
Observers on the right also slated Donald Trump, who has publicly endorsed Republican Mitt Romney.
Jim Geraghty of the conservative National Review, wrote: “If at any point you seriously considered Donald Trump for president, please study the error of your ways in quiet, private contemplation.”
However there was support for Donald Trump’s actions with those echoing his call for most transparency from the President including conservative talk show host Sean Hannity and Ann Coulter.
Wednesday night Alec Baldwin made an appearance on the Late Show With David Letterman, and seemed to be in the mood to play the antics of recent days down.
But even dropping his pants for the host at the Ed Sullivan Theater, didn’t knock the host off course.
After taking the stage to Pat Benatar’s Hit Me With Your Best Shot, Alec Baldwin broke the tension by declaring that he’d lost weight – and dropped his pants as proof, David Letterman then downed his trousers too.
But sensing the inevitable, Alec Baldwin then said: “Let’s get to it, shall we?”
“You’re obviously burning to hold up the cover of the Daily News.”
“The picture, without knowing the story, tells a tale that’s not often true,” said David Letterman.
Alec Baldwin broke the tension by declaring that he’d lost weight and dropped his pants as proof, David Letterman then downed his trousers too
Alec Baldwin then offered his explanation, while pointing at the cover of the newspaper.
“I’m forming the letter <<F>> with my mouth, and what I’m saying is, <<What F-stop are you on with the camera?>>” Alec Baldwin said.
Earlier in the day, Alec Baldwin rolled his mountain bike over a television reporter’s foot outside his East Village apartment.
The actor then allegedly used the bike to knock the Inside Edition reporter aside as she asked Alec Baldwin a question about the row.
“Ouch, my back,” the 5-foot-2 woman said after her brush with the hot-headed Alec Baldwin.
“He shoved me and ran over my foot,” the Daily News reported.
They added that a Daily News reporter and photographer were hit by the handlebars.
Earlier Alec Baldwin tweeted: “15-20 cameramen outside my bldg this am, chasing me on my bike.”
“They’re knocking into ppl on the street, yelling <<Will you seek help, Alec?>>”
It came a day after he was accused of assaulting New York Daily News photographer Marcus Santos.
Alec Baldwin told The Charlie Rose Show earlier in the week that he was a victim.
“The guy lunged and almost hit me in the teeth with the lens of the camera,” Alec said Baldwin.