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David Letterman to retire from 'Late Show' in 2015

"Late Show" host David Letterman will retire in 2015, he said Thursday, when his most recent contract expires.

"We don't have the timetable for this precisely down - I think it will be at least a year or so, but sometime in the not too distant future, 2015 for the love of God, in fact, Paul (Shaffer) and I will be wrapping things up," Letterman said during the taping of Thursday's show, according to a statement.

"I just want to reiterate my thanks for the support from the network, all of the people who have worked here, all of the people in the theater, all the people on the staff, everybody at home, thank you very much. What this means now, is that Paul and I can be married."

By the time the show goes off the air it will have been broadcast by CBS for 22 years. He hosted "Late Night" on NBC for 10 years prior.

News of Letterman's plans to retire came nearly two months after Jay Leno bid farewell as host of NBC's "The Tonight Show," a job Leno assumed in 1992 in a highly publicized succession of Johnny Carson that led to Letterman's defection from NBC.

(NBC and CNBC are units of the Comcast division NBC Universal)

- By CNBC.com staff with a contribution by Reuters

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