Talk show host David Letterman announced that he will retire in 2015 during Thursday’s taping of The Late Show With David Letterman.
Letterman told his audience that he first stated his intentions to CBS Network President Leslie Moonves during a phone conversation.
“I said, ‘Leslie, it’s been great, you’ve been great, the network has been great, but I’m retiring’” Letterman said.
“You actually did this?” longtime sidekick and bandleader Paul Shaffer asked him.
“Yes I did,” Letterman confirmed, before grinning.
“Do I have a minute to call my accountant?” Shaffer asked.
Letterman’s retirement brings to an end his 32-year run on late-night television. After a failed midday show at NBC, he first made a name for himself on Late Night With David Letterman, which developed a cult following not long after premiering on Feb. 1, 1982. Just over 11 years later, an acrimonious split from NBC led him to CBS, where he has served as the host of The Late Show.
“What this means now is, Paul and I can be married,” Letterman told the audience.
The Huffington Post reported that while no date has been set for Letterman’s finale, Moonves did confirm Letterman’s announcement in a statement.
“When Dave decided on a one-year extension for his most recent contract, we knew this day was getting closer,” Moonves’ statement read. “But that doesn’t make the moment any less poignant for us.”
Watch Letterman’s announcement, as posted online by CBS on Thursday, below.