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May 22, 2015

David Letterman signs off after 33 year career on the Late Show

David Letterman signs off after 33 year career on the Late Show

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American TV host David Letterman announced his retirement on Wednesday night, after a 33 year career as host of the Late Show on CBS. His farewell included an abundance of clips from his classic skits, a few restrained fillips of sincerity and humility and sarcastic, self-deprecating humor with a tinge of nostalgia.

Letterman chose as his last musical guests the Foo Fighters, as the band in the past had canceled their tour in South America to play on his first show after Letterman’s heart surgery operation.

Over the last few weeks, a parade of celebrity guests including Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts and George Clooney paid their respects to Mr. Letterman. Jason Alexander from Seinfeld tweeted: “David Letterman, thank you for the laughs, both live and on air. May your family bring you joy and inspiration and may you laugh for all your days.”

On Wednesday, he described all the encomiums as “over the top” and said he found it “flattering, embarrassing and gratifying”. After more than an hour of tributes and laughs, David Letterman signed off his last show yesterday night with the words: “That’s pretty much all I got … thank you and goodnight.”



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November 9, 2010

US TV: Jay Leno bested by Conan O\’Brien in late night ratings

US TV: Jay Leno bested by Conan O’Brien in late night ratings

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Television audience ratings for U.S. TV host Conan O’Brien‘s first TBS program Conan last night were higher than rival Jay Leno and his late night program on NBC, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. O’Brien’s ratings were also higher than CBS network’s David Letterman, as well as Comedy Central programs hosted by Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert.

Conan O’Brien in 2007
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Monday marked O’Brien’s return to late night television after his departure as host of The Tonight Show on NBC following a dispute this year, in which Leno’s program The Jay Leno Show was canceled after poor ratings, and NBC reinstated Leno as host of The Tonight Show.

Cquote1.svg Conan O’Brien is enjoying a sweet, sweet victory in the ratings. Cquote2.svg

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O’Brien’s debut program featured guests including curator Arlene Wagner of the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum, actor Seth Rogen and actress Lea Michele. His guest schedule for Tuesday night’s program included actors Tom Hanks and Jack McBrayer, in addition to music from the group Soundgarden.

The premiere of Conan was watched by over 4.1 million viewers. Nielsen ratings data made public today showed that Leno’s program The Tonight Show was only watched by 3.5 million viewers, and Letterman’s Late Show was seen by 3.4 million people. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report were watched by 1.3 million and 1 million viewers, respectively.

O’Brien announced his move to TBS, a cable channel founded by Ted Turner and owned by Time Warner, in April.

O’Brien’s viewership trended towards younger people, with 2,451,000 individuals ranges from ages 18 to 34 – and 3,285,000 people in the 18 to 49 age demographic. Leno’s The Tonight Show, in comparison, only drew in 950,000 people in the same younger demographic breakdown.

In an analysis of O’Brien’s ratings win, Dave Itzkoff of The New York Times wrote, “the debut of ‘Conan,’ the new late-night show starring Conan O’Brien, got off to a strong start”. James Hibberd commented for The Hollywood Reporter, “Conan O’Brien is enjoying a sweet, sweet victory in the ratings.”



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January 17, 2010

US TV host Conan O\’Brien leads in late night ratings

US TV host Conan O’Brien leads in late night ratings

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Television ratings for Conan O’Brien’s NBC program The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien have risen dramatically amidst controversy and the possibility that the host might leave the network. Nielsen ratings as of Friday showed that O’Brien’s ratings were higher than CBS network’s David Letterman. O’Brien also beat out Jay Leno’s prime-time program, The Jay Leno Show, in the 18-to-49-year-old demographic.

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According to the Nielsen data, O’Brien’s ratings saw a 50 percent increase over prior numbers for the season. NBC utilizes data from the 18-to-49-year-old demographic in order to determine what prices to set for advertising.

On Saturday, NBC was continuing to hold settlement discussions in order to allow The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien host to leave the network and replace O’Brien in the 11:35 p.m. EST time slot with former host of The Tonight Show, Jay Leno.

Cquote1.svg People who never watched Conan before are saying, ‘I’ll try it.’ Now they’re saying, ‘this is good, I’ll stick with it.'” Cquote2.svg

—Gavin Polone

O’Brien’s manager, Gavin Polone, spoke positively of the ratings increase, “People who never watched Conan before are saying, ‘I’ll try it.’ Now they’re saying, ‘this is good, I’ll stick with it.'”

Polone emphasized in a statement that O’Brien paid his own writers during the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike and was attempting to have a say with regard to the severance packages of his employees. He noted that many of O’Brien’s staff members moved from New York to California when the TV host began working on The Tonight Show.

Representatives for O’Brien cite poor ratings of Leno’s prime-time program The Jay Leno Show, and subsequent poor ratings of NBC late local news, as having an effect on ratings of The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien prior to the recent controversy.

The late night hosts have been discussing the recent NBC time slot controversy via jokes on their shows. O’Brien showed a skit where he had to dodge gunfire while attempting to go to work on the NBC lot. Leno made a joke referencing a statement from last year where Letterman admitted he had had affairs with women on his staff. “Even Dave Letterman is taking shots at me, which surprised me. Usually he’s just taking shots at the interns,” said Leno.

Bill Carter of The New York Times commented that O’Brien, “has turned the attention surrounding his departure into a ratings bonanza.” New York Daily News noted, “Well, at least he’s going out on top,” and commented, “… all eyes are on him now”.



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March 24, 2009

TV late night show host David Letterman marries girlfriend of 23 years

TV late night show host David Letterman marries girlfriend of 23 years

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

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Late night talk show host David Letterman has married his girlfriend of more than 20 years.

David Letterman, host of the late night American television show Late Show with David Letterman, has married his girlfriend of 23 years, he told studio audience during a taping of his show on Monday.

Letterman, 61, announced he and Regina Lasko, with whom he has a five-year old son, were wed in a courthouse ceremony in Choteau in Teton County, Montana last week, near the ranch they own together.

“They say, ‘Well, why did it take you so long to get married?’ and, of course, the answer honestly is we wanted to make sure we had the prenup just right,” Letterman joked.

Letterman and Lasko began their relationship in 1986. Their son, Harry, was present for the ceremony. The late night talk show host previously swore off marriage after his 1977 divorce with Michelle Cook.

“I secretly felt that men who were married admired me … like I was the last of the real gunslingers,” Letterman said during his Monday show, where he made the announcement shortly after congratulating Bruce Willis for getting married last week.

Letterman told the audience he nearly missed the ceremony because his truck became stuck in mud two miles from their house. The ceremony was delayed one hour while Letterman walked back in 50 mile per hour winds to get his car.

“And the whole way, I’m thinking, ‘See … you try to get married and this is what happens,'” he said.



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July 24, 2007

Drew Carey to replace Bob Barker as host of \”The Price is Right\”

Drew Carey to replace Bob Barker as host of “The Price is Right”

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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Drew Carey talks to the crowd at the World Cup Fest at Pulaski Park in Kaiserslautern, Germany on Saturday, June 17, 2006.

Comedian Drew Carey has announced that he will be the new host of the American game show The Price Is Right, replacing outgoing longtime host Bob Barker.

Carey revealed this on a taping of The Late Show with David Letterman, which, like The Price is Right, airs on CBS.

“It’s a done deal. I’m the new host of ‘The Price Is Right’,” said Carey during The Late Show taping which airs tonight.

Carey was previously the star of his own sitcom on rival network ABC’s sitcom The Drew Carey Show as well as the same network’s improv show Whose Line Is It Anyway?. He was also recently named as host of another CBS game show, Power of 10.

Barker retired from being the host of the show for 35 years and appeared as the host for the final time on June 15.

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June 13, 2007

Television\’s \’Mr. Wizard\’ Don Herbert dies at 89

Television’s ‘Mr. Wizard’ Don Herbert dies at 89

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Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Don Herbert, known to many as his stage name “Mr. Wizard”, died Tuesday night. Mr. Wizard, who is famous for introducing science to children for over 50 years, died of bone cancer at the age of 89 at his Bell Canyon home in Los Angeles.

Cquote1.svg Using everyday equipment made it something that children should not be afraid of. If you used scientific equipment that’s strange to the child, it’s not going to help him or her understand. Cquote2.svg

—Don Herbert (Mr. Wizard), Interview on Voice of America’s Our World

Mr. Wizard was the host of the program Watch Mr. Wizard in the 1950s and 60s, and later Mr. Wizard’s World in the 80s. His children-themed shows gave viewers a glimpse into the science world by performing experiments with common household objects. Herbert said in an interview on Voice of America’s Our World, a science and technology program, that “Using everyday equipment made it something that children should not be afraid of. If you used scientific equipment that’s strange to the child, it’s not going to help him or her understand. So we used everyday equipment. And especially because we used everyday equipment in new and unusual ways, which helped.” Generations of young scientists tuned in each week to learn about scientific principles and follow along with Mr. Wizard by conducting the same experiments at home.

Herbert, who was born in Waconia, Minnesota, attended the University of Wisconsin in La Crosse. After graduating with degrees in English and general science, he joined the US Army Air Corps, and served in World War II as a bomber pilot in Europe. Post-war, he worked as an actor before becoming the host of Watch Mr. Wizard in 1951. The program ran for nearly 15 years on NBC and CBC.

In 1983, the show’s format was revived with Mr. Wizard’s World, which aired on the Nickelodeon cable network for 7 years. He also appeared on the talk shows of David Letterman (including the premiere episode of Late Night with David Letterman), Johnny Carson, and Regis Philbin, as well as staring as a panelist on the game show Hollywood Squares 5 times in 1986.

Herbert is survived by his wife and six children and step-children.

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November 7, 2006

Britney Spears to divorce husband Kevin Federline

Britney Spears to divorce husband Kevin Federline

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Tuesday, November 7, 2006

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In Los Angeles, California singer and actress Britney Spears, 24, has filled papers in Los Angeles County Superior Court to divorce her husband Kevin Federline, 28. A spokeswoman for the court, Kathy Roberts stated that the papers cited “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for the divorce and have, according to the courts, been legally separated as of Monday, November 6, the same day that Spears appeared on Late Night with David Letterman. The fact that the papers were filed on the same day as the U.S. general elections prompted ABC News to speculate that the star may have been hoping to receive less attention amid national election coverage.

The two were married on October 6, 2004, according to the petition, a date that E! Online noted was in conflict with a photo spread in People, which gave their wedding date as September 18, 2004. The couple currently have two sons, the first named Sean Preston, 1, and a recent baby boy named Jayden James Federline who was born on September 12, 2006. Spears is attempting to gain both full legal and physical custody of both of the children with Federline having visitation rights.

It is also reported that Spears did not accept spousal support and waived her right to receive any, also asking that the legal fees incurred during the divorce be separated.

Neither Spears nor Federline has yet released a statement.

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May 10, 2006

Britney Spears announces she is pregnant again

Britney Spears announces she is pregnant again

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Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Pop-singer, Britney Spears.

Pop-singer Britney Spears, 24, announced last night on the Late Show With David Letterman that she is pregnant again.

“So, we’ve established now that you are in fact pregnant, is that right?” asked Letterman.

“Yes, sir,” replied Spears. She added, “Don’t worry, Dave, it’s not yours.”

Spears gave birth to her son Sean Preston last September after marrying back-up dancer Kevin Federline, 28, in November 2004. This will be Spears’ second child and Federline’s fourth.

In 2004, shortly after the birth of her son, Spears put her singing career on hold to raise him. Her last album to be released was her “greatest hits” album in 2004.

In February, a photo of Spears was taken while she was driving her car with her son in her lap. In April, her son allegedly fell from a high chair, hitting his head and prompting Child Welfare agents to go to her home. No charges have been filed in either case.

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September 10, 2005

All major American TV networks show charity concert for Katrina victims

All major American TV networks show charity concert for Katrina victims

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Saturday, September 10, 2005

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On Friday, all six major American television networks; ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, WB, and UPN, along with most PBS stations, united in a rare show of solidarity to air a one hour charity concert called Shelter from the Storm: A Concert for the Gulf Coast.

The concert aired live at 8pm in the Eastern time zone and 7pm in the Central time zone and on tape-delay in the Mountain and Pacific time zones. It was also shown on the Internet and many cable networks such as USA, Bravo and G4.

The show was produced by Joel Gallen, the same man behind the September 11th tribute concert America: A Tribute to Heroes. The show was not censored for political statements but was for obscenities. Gallen did not expect any political statements. Last week, rapper Kayne West made a remark on an NBC charity show A Concert for Hurricane Relief, in which West claimed that “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.”, which caused controversy.

The concert began with Randy Newman singing “Louisana 1927.” Throughout the concert there were notable acts, such U2 performing “One” with Mary. J Blige. Another moment was Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood and the house band from The Late Show with David Letterman doing a cover of John Fogerty’s “Who’ll Stop The Rain”.

Donations were being solicited for the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army.

Telecom company AT&T provided toll-free calling and 10 call centers for the event and MCI provided volunteers from their call centers.

BET also held a charity concert called S.O.S (Saving OurSelves), a half-hour before cutting to the main one.

MTV, MTV Overdrive, VH1 and CMT will air a charity show Saturday called ReAct Now: Music & Relief.

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