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Foo Fighters rock Letterman one final time [VIDEO]

Legendary broadcaster ends 33-year run as king of late night TV.


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Dave Grohl and company take the Ed Sullivan Theatre stage May 20, 2015.

NEW YORK — Not much to do with manufacturing here, but David Letterman ended his 33-year career as a late-night television host May 20.

The show ran 17 minutes over the usual hour, much of it because Letterman took the time to thank the people who worked for him. Letterman’s favorite band, Foo Fighters broke out their tuxedoes and performed “Everlong”– a song they first played on the “Late Show” when Letterman returned after heart surgery in 2000 alongside a long montage of photographs from three decades of television history that zipped past on the screen.

“The only thing I have left to do for the last time on a television program (is say) thank you and good night,” he said.

Letterman presided over 6,028 broadcasts on CBS and NBC, the transplanted Hoosier making Top 10 lists and ironic humour staples of television comedy and an influence to a generation of performers. True to his self-deprecating style, he said Stephen Hawking estimated that tenure delivered “about eight minutes of laughter.”

Letterman will be replaced in September by Stephen Colbert, who he endorsed by saying, “I think he’ll do a wonderful job.”

The taped intro of President Barack Obama and former Presidents George Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush referenced President Gerald Ford’s declaration to the country when he took office following the 1974 resignation of Richard Nixon. Letterman sidled up to Obama to say, “you’re just kidding, right?”

Ten stars from Steve Martin to Tina Fey delivered the final Top 10 list of “things I’ve always wanted to say to Dave.” Julia Louis-Dreyfus, with Jerry Seinfeld standing nearby, said, “Thanks for letting me take part in another hugely disappointing series finale.”

No. 1 was Bill Murray: “Dave, I’ll never have the money I owe you.”

Letterman joked in his monologue that he’s been on the air for so long that the hot show when he started was “Keeping Up with the Gabors.”

“You want to know what I’m going to do now that I’m retired?” he said. “By God, I hope to become the new face of Scientology.”

He shifted to CBS in 1993 when NBC gave the “Tonight” show to Jay Leno instead of Letterman, a slight he never forgot or forgave.

Letterman even began his final monologue Wednesday by joking, “It’s beginning to look like I’m not going to get the ‘Tonight’ show.”

Check out Foo Fighters awesome performance below.

© 2015 The Associated Press

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