Fans of Late Show with David Letterman have until May 20 to see Letterman as he wraps up his hosting duties with a lineup of famous guests appearing in the next five weeks.
Letterman announced a year ago his plans to retire from his television career. He has been a late night TV host for 33 years, the longest in TV history. His job at CBS's Late Show spans almost 22 years.
During his remaining weeks, he will be joined by A-List personalities as the show's special guests, but while the list is already out, the slots for the other guests are yet to be filled.
The tribute will start on Monday night with guest Sarah Jessica Parker. Tuesday's show will have Billy Crystal. Wednesday night will be graced by Amy Sedaris and Michael J. Fox together with musicians Iron & Wine and Ben Bridwell. Thursday night will feature Kevin James, comedian Tom Dreesen and Tracy Chapman. Friday's show will have Alec Baldwin along with John Mayer.
Other big names on the list are Oprah Winfrey, Bruce Willis, John Travolta, Howard Stern, Martin Short, Jerry Seinfeld, Paul Rudd, Ray Romano, Julia Roberts, Don Rickles, Steve Martin, Michael Keaton, Scarlett Johansson, Jack Hanna, Tom Hanks, Tina Fey, Will Ferrell, Robert Downey Jr, George Clooney, and Bill Murray who was the very first guest on Late Night with David Letterman aired on NBC.
Apart from the musicians already mentioned, other musical guests include Mumford and Sons, Norah Jones, Emmylou Harris, Dave Matthews Band, Elvis Costello, the Avett Brothers, Ralph Stanley, Amos Lee and Brandi Carlile.
During his TV hosting career, Letterman earned 67 Emmy Awards nominations and won 12 times. He also received numerous other accolades, which include the Kennedy Center Honors.
Letterman will be replaced by Stephen Colbert, who was the former host of Comedy Central's The Colbert Report. Colbert is debuting on the Late Show on Sept. 8. In the period between Letterman's last hosting appearance in May and Colbert's debut in September, CBS will feature reruns of Late Show.
There is no announcement yet on the Late Show's guests on its last day of airing. Rumors say that it could be Leno or even President Obama. However, there is a possibility that Bill Murray could just be it, which will make him not only the first guest of the Late Night With David Letterman but also the last guest of the Late Show.
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