In a much-anticipated television moment, David Letterman is set to make a triumphant return to the Ed Sullivan Theater, marking his first appearance since his departure from The Late Show in 2015. Stephen Colbert, the current host of the Late Show, made the exciting announcement earlier this week.
On the episode airing Monday, November 20th, Letterman will grace the stage that he once called home for more than two decades. Colbert enthusiastically revealed the news, stating, “On Monday, I will be joined, right there, in that chair, by a man who is no stranger to the Ed Sullivan Theater, though I know for a fact he has not been here for eight-and-a-half years because my guest is Mr. David Letterman. Boom!”
While Letterman has made occasional appearances on late-night television since his departure, including guest spots on Jimmy Kimmel Live and Late Night With Seth Meyers, as well as a memorable appearance on the final episode of The Late Late Show With James Corden earlier this year, this marks his highly anticipated return to the very show he launched on CBS in 1993.
Adding to the excitement, the National will take the stage as the musical guests for Monday’s episode, personally selected by Letterman himself. The band expressed their enthusiasm on social media, saying, “When David Letterman reaches out to ask if you’ll join him as the musical guest on his first return to The Late Show, there is only one answer… See you on Monday.”
Earlier this year, Letterman had showered praise on the National during a conversation about music, declaring his love for the band and dubbing them “your saddest friend’s favorite band.” He went on to express his admiration for the band’s frontman, Matt Berninger, stating, “They ought to be in the Hall Of Fame.”
In addition to his Late Show reunion, Letterman, along with his former bandleader Paul Shaffer, recently announced plans to raffle off the iconic Late Show With David Letterman marquee as part of a charitable endeavor to benefit Habitat for Humanity. The return of the late-night legend promises to be a memorable and momentous occasion for television fans everywhere.
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