David Letterman with Barack Obama in September of 2009
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End of late night comedy era as Letterman leaves Late Show

After more than 30 years and 6,000 shows, chat show host David Letterman has brought down the curtain on his illustrious career.

Goofy and bespectacled, he could hardly be described as telegenic, but he's become one of America's most dominant ever TV personalities. He first made his mark on NBC's Late Night, airing after Johnny Carson's Tonight Show.

The Late Show with David Letterman, which has aired on the CBS network since 1993, broadcast its final show on Wednesday. Later in the year, comedian Stephen Colbert will take over behind the hosting desk.

The BBC's New York correspondent, Nick Bryant, reports on the end of an entertainment era.

Produced by Nada Tawfik. Filmed and edited by Andrew Sarge Herbert.

  • 20 May 2015
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