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During a taping of Thursday's show, Letterman said he has informed his CBS bosses that he will step down in 2015, when his current contract expires. Letterman turns 67 next week. He has the longest tenure of any late-night talk show host in U.S. television history, nearing 32 years since he created "Late Night" at NBC in 1982.

Published: April 3, 2014

In this photo provided by CBS, David Letterman, host of the "Late Show with David Letterman," is seated at his desk in New York on Thursday, April 3, 2014. During taping of the Thursday night telecast, Letterman announced that he will retire in 2015 when his contract expires. He announced no specific end date, telling his audience he expects his exit will be in "at least a year or so, but sometime in the not too distant future.

Jeffrey R. Staab, CBS/AP Photo

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