Late Night with David Letterman

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Television series
Original title Late Night with David Letterman
Country of production United StatesUnited States United States
Year (s) 1982-1993
Mondays - Fridays
genre Late night show
production Jack Rollins
David Letterman
Robert Morton
Moderation David Letterman
First broadcast February 1, 1982 on NBC

Late Night with David Letterman was a daily late night show on NBC hosted by David Letterman . It premiered in 1982 and ran until June 25, 1993, when Letterman left NBC to switch his show to CBS under the new name Late Show . It was followed by Late Night with Conan O'Brien .


David Letterman went on air in 1982 as the follow-up to the Tomorrow Show starring Tom Snyder . In 1993 NBC had to find a successor to Johnny Carson and his Tonight Show (which he had hosted for 30 years). NBC awarded the position to stand-up comedian Jay Leno . Letterman, who had been promised the job years earlier, was very upset and disappointed. In public, Letterman claimed that he had received an offer from NBC, but that it could not compete with the one from CBS - NBC commented that such an offer had never been made and that the station had chosen Leno. Letterman decided to leave NBC and take on the Tonight Show with his new show on CBS . Up to this point, 1810 shows had been broadcast over a period of 11.5 years.

Switch to CBS

In 1993, Letterman and his team moved to the broadcaster CBS, but his show remained practically unchanged. On April 25, 1993, NBC decided on the then largely unknown Simpsons author Conan O'Brien as the successor to Letterman. The name "Late Night with ...", which was owned by NBC, was retained ( Late Night with Conan O'Brien ).

Individual evidence

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