New York City, New York- This week is turning out to be “retirement week” for television late-night talk show hosts, with David Letterman announcing that he will retire as host of the “Late Show” come 2015. Letterman made the announcement during a taping of his CBS show on Thursday. He has been host of the show since 1993, when he moved to CBS after his former network, NBC, opted to hire Jay Leno to take over the “Tonight Show” when longtime host Johnny Carson retired.
Following Letterman’s announcement, both Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers announced that they will be retiring in 2044. Fallon, 39, is currently the host of the “Tonight Show,” taking over the reins from Jay Leno who retired early after hosting the show for 22 years. Meyers, 40, is host of “Late Night With Seth Meyers.” Fallon and Meyers said that their announcement will give the NBC television network ample time to line up their respective replacements when they reach retirement age.
Meanwhile, two of the most recognizable women faces on television, Barbara Walters, 84, and Joan Rivers, 80, have said they have no immediate plans of retiring. “Women age more gracefully than men, so I am have no plans of stepping down any time soon,” Rivers said. Walters told reporters that “women have the staying power and I will keep on going, and going.”