David Letterman Extends Late Show Contract Through 2015

The longest-running talk show host goes all in for two more years

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David Letterman chats with Cher on 'The Late Show with David Letterman' Tuesday Sept. 24, 2013.

David Letterman isn’t going anywhere just yet. The veteran late-night TV host has extended his contract with CBS, and will stay on Late Show through 2015, the New York Times reports.

“There is only one Dave, and we are extremely proud that he continues to call CBS home,” the company’s CEO, Leslie Moonves, said in a statement Friday.

Even if Letterman, 66, were to retire today, he’d already hold the record for longest-running late-night TV host, having surpassed even Johnny Carson. He began his hosting career in February 1982 — 31 years ago! — at NBC’s The David Letterman Show. He moved to CBS in 1993 to host The Late Show.

In the statement, Letterman quipped, “I needed a little more time to fully run the show into the ground.”

This means he’ll be on Late Show for two more years — minimum. Come 2015, he may sign on for another hundred years. You never know.

[New York Times]