David Letterman to Retire in 2015

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All it took was one night with Lady Gaga to drive David Letterman away.

We kid, but the day after Gaga sang for the first time on The Late Show, Letterman announced his retirement as a talk show host.

The comedian told his studio audience at today's taping of his decision, with REM bassist Mike Mills Tweeting the news and various outlets subsequently confirming that Letterman will recite his final Top 10 List some time next year.

Letterman got his big break by performing stand-up many times on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. He was then given NBC’s Late Night in 1982.

In 1993, Letterman moved to CBS and became the host of The Late Show.

His contract is set to expire in 2015 and he said at this afternoon's taping that he'll step away "sometime in the not too distant future." That's when "Paul and I will be wrapping things up.”

In February, of course, Jay Leno stepped down from The Tonight Show and Jimmy Fallon has been killing it in the ratings ever since.

Expect speculation to soon begin over who will take over for Letterman, but let's stop before that gets out of control and admire one of the funniest men to ever grace a television screen.

We'll miss you, Dave.

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