AceShowbiz - David Letterman took a final bow on CBS' "Late Show" on Wednesday night, May 20. It was an emotional send-off, but was still filled with laughs and managed to honor the host's long career on television.
The episode opened with footage of former President Gerald R. Ford saying, "Our long national nightmare is over." Other U.S. Presidents including George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and President Obama also appeared in a taped segment celebrating Letterman's retirement.
Letterman was welcomed with a standing ovation in the studio. He jokingly said in his monologue, "It's beginning to look like I'm not going to get the 'Tonight' show." Sharing his post-"Late Show" plans, he quipped, "By God, I hope to become the new face of Scientology." He added that he and the show's longtime bandleader Paul Shaffer "will be debuting our new act at Caesars Palace with our white tigers" next month.
He screened a tribute from "The Simpsons" and played a fan-favorite remote segment from 1996, in which he worked the drive-through at a Taco Bell. Foo Fighters performed "Everlong", the same song that Letterman requested when he returned to the "Late Show" after heart-bypass surgery in 2000.
The A-list guests included Alec Baldwin, Barbara Walters, Steve Martin, Jerry Seinfeld, Jim Carrey, Chris Rock, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Peyton Manning, Tina Fey and Bill Murray who delivered the final Top 10 list, which was about "Top 10 things I've always wanted to say to Dave".
At No. 10, Baldwin read, "Of all the talk shows, yours is the most geographically convenient to my home." Walters wanted to ask Letterman, "Did you know you wear the same cologne as Muammar Gaddafi?"
Martin hilariously told Letterman, "Your extensive plastic surgery was a necessity...and a mistake." Seinfeld said, "I have no idea what I'll do when you go off the air. You know what, I just thought of something: I'll be fine."
Carrey said, "Honestly Dave, I've always found you to be a bit of an over-actor," and made wild gesticulation. Rock said, "I'm just glad your show is being given to another white guy," to which Letterman replied, "You know, I had nothing to do with that."
Louis-Dreyfus quipped, "Thanks for letting me take part in another hugely disappointing series finale," while Seinfeld who stood behind her smirked. Manning jokingly said, "Dave, you are to comedy what I am to comedy."
Fey thanked the veteran comedian "for finally proving men can be funny." Murray, meanwhile, told his pal, "Dave, I'll never have the money I owe you."