The times are a-changing on late night television. Just weeks after Jimmy Fallon took over as host of The Tonight Show, David Letterman has announced his retirement. The Late Show host will tape his final show sometime in 2015, but an exact stop date has yet to be set.
I didn’t figure it would be long after Jay Leno stepped down that news of Letterman retiring would emerge too. The two feuded for years and their dislike for each other was well known. It’s probably inaccurate to say that the two hate each other, but they certainly aren’t buddies. Given that reality, I believe Letterman wanted to outlast Leno on the air.
That’s just my theory, and I don’t think it’s too crazy.
The conversation will now turn to who the next host of The Late Show will be. Many have pointed to Jon Stewart over the years, but who knows how willing he’ll be to leave his cozy job at Comedy Central?
In retirement, Letterman will now have a lot more time to focus on his hobbies. Auto racing has of course been a passion of his for a long time, as evidenced by his partial ownership of an Indy Car team — Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.
Letterman bought a share of the team back in 1996 and his last name was added team’s name in 2004.
In addition to more time and the race track, he’ll also have more time to spend watching his Ball State Fighting Cardinals (alma mater), who he frequently mentions on the show.