David Letterman to appear on ‘Late Night’ for show’s 40th anniversary

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Letterman, 74, the original host of “Late Night” when it debuted on Feb. 1, 1982, will appear on the program’s 40th-anniversary show, Entertainment Weekly reported.

Current “Late Night” host Seth Meyers announced Letterman’s appearance in a video on Tuesday.

“The 40th anniversary is next Tuesday,” Meyers said, “and to celebrate, my guest that evening will be the man who started it all, David Letterman.”

Letterman stayed with NBC’s “Late Night” show before moving over to CBS in 1993, CNN reported. When Johnny Carson retired from “The Tonight Show,” Letterman was seen as the late-night talk show icon’s replacement. However, NBC picked Jay Leno over Letterman, sparking a feud among late-night viewers and the program hosts.

Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon and Meyers followed Letterman as “Late Night” hosts over the show’s four decades.

In his video, Meyers said that he was thrilled Letterman would be coming on as a guest.

“Now that is a show that would make college-age Seth Meyers very happy,” Meyers said. “Also, current Seth Meyers.”

“There are a lot of things I can’t believe about the fact that I get to do this job, but the thing I truly can’t believe above all of the others is that this show, ‘Late Night,’ this is David Letterman’s show,” Meyers said during his monologue on Tuesday. “And if it wasn’t for David Letterman, this show wouldn’t exist. And if it wasn’t for David Letterman, I wouldn’t be here. And if I wasn’t here, you’d just be an audience of people in an empty studio … it’s incredible to be part of that legacy.”





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