David Letterman bids farewell to the ‘Late Show’

U.S. president Barack Obama appears on the Late Show on May 4 alongside David Letterman (AP)

Late Show host David Letterman will stand down from the acclaimed U.S. TV spot this week with his final show on Wednesday May 20, after 23 years in the hot seat.

Letterman announced his retirement during a live episode in April, to the surprise of CBS Corp.

CBS announced that “The Colbert Report” presenter Stephen Colbert will replace Letterman as the new presenter.

The network did not give a specific time for when the show would resume.

Letterman, 68, renowned for his satirical, comic style, is the longest-serving American presenter of a nighttime talk show.

He started presenting “The Late Show" on CBS in 1993, after presenting NBS’s “Late Night” for 10 years.

The “Late Show” aired more than 6000 episodes, in which Letterman interviewed guests ranging from TV and film celebrities like Oprah Winfrey and George Clooney, to American presidents including Barack Obama and Bill Clinton.

The show, which set the trend of nighttime shows as they are known today, won a total of 16 primetime Emmy Awards out of 67 nominations.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:45 - GMT 06:45