05/20/2015 11:02 am ET Updated May 20, 2015

Jimmy Kimmel Bids David Letterman A Very Personal And Emotional Farewell

You probably had no idea just how much Jimmy Kimmel loves David Letterman.

On "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" Tuesday night, Jimmy gave David Letterman an emotional late-night send-off, choking up at times as he recalled childhood memories of obsessively watching and idolizing the man. He credits Letterman for helping him land his own late-night show on ABC, saying that executives saw him on Letterman's show and tapped him for the late-night host job.

"Jimmy Kimmel Live!" will actually be a rerun Wednesday night, because Jimmy insists that everyone watch David Letterman's final show. When a television network wants you to ignore their programming and watch something important on another channel -- that means something.

The final "Late Show With David Letterman" airs Wednesday at 11:35PM EST on CBS.

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