David Letterman saluted by stars on his final ‘Late Show’
DAVID LETTERMAN signed off for good last night with a show that was heavy on clips from his last 30-odd years on TV. But one of the highlights was an all-star list of the “Top 10 Things I’ve Always Wanted to Say to Dave”.
It was delivered by, in this order, Alec Baldwin, Barbara Walters, Steve Martin, Jerry Seinfeld, Jim Carrey, Chris Rock, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Peyton Manning, Tina Fey, and Bill Murray.
Julia had the best line . . . quote,
“Thanks for letting me take part in another hugely disappointing series finale.” Seinfeld’s reaction was pretty priceless . . . not that he didn’t know it was coming, of course.
The show started with video of the late President Gerald Ford saying, quote, “My fellow Americans, our long, national nightmare is over.”
Letterman’s final monologue started with a killer joke:
“So it’s beginning to look like I’m not going to get the ‘Tonight Show’.”
And, of course, later in the show he took a moment to wish good luck to his successor Stephen Colbert.
And he thanked Paul Schafer.
The FOO FIGHTERS closed out the night with “Everlong” . . . the song he asked them to play for his first show back from quintuple-bypass surgery in 2000.
And as part of his final farewell, Dave shared the story of how the band actually cancelled their tour 15 years so they could be there for him.
Meanwhile, CONAN O’BRIEN was all class over at his TBS show. When 11:35 rolled around, he actually told his viewers to start taping his show, and switch over to Letterman. He also paid tribute to Letterman at the beginning of his show.
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