And David Letterman's Final Guest Will Be ...
On the heels of a star-studded final few weeks of his decades-long Late Show run, David Letterman has announced whom he’s tapped to be his final guest on Wednesday.
And the A-list honoree is …
On Tuesday, Murray joins a veritable parade of top-tier talent who’ve bid the late-night host adieu – but the Saturday Night Live vet has a one-up on everyone: Murray was Letterman’s first Late Show guest on Aug. 30, 1993. This will be his 44th appearance on the program (though he has been chatting with Letterman since Late Night in 1982).
Tom Hanks – who’ll mark his 60th interview with Letterman since 1984 – kicks off the week of celebration with a visit to the Ed Sullivan Theater Monday, and Wednesday closes the festivities with a tribute episode that a CBS press release promises will be “filled with surprises, memorable highlights, the show’s final Top Ten List and more.”
Other boldface names to pay their respects to Letterman in recent weeks? George Clooney, Julia Roberts (who gave Dave his final smooch on late night), President Barack Obama, Sarah Jessica Parker, Billy Crystal, Alec Baldwin, Tina Fey, Scarlett Johansson, John Travolta and Bruce Willis – to name just a few guests Letterman confirmed in April.
With 33 years’ experience, Letterman, 68, holds the record for longest-running late-night host in history. All told, the host has collected 16 Emmys over the course of his 6,028 broadcasts.
In August, Stephen Colbert will take over the desk.
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