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04/07/2014 10:49 am ET

Letterman's Retirement Signals A Possible Generational Shift For Late-Night TV

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The long reign of Stupid Human Tricks and Top Ten Lists will come to an end next year, David Letterman said Thursday, in a surprise announcement that signaled not just his retirement but also a potential generational change in late-night television.

“I’m retiring,” Letterman told his studio audience Thursday afternoon at the New York taping of “Late Show.” The news, delivered by Letterman from behind his desk, seemed to momentarily stun the Ed Sullivan Theater audience members, who, after a beat, gave him a standing ovation.

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