David Letterman Picks Bill Murray As His Last Interview Guest

David Letterman Picks Bill Murray As His Last Interview Guest
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David Letterman has picked the first guest who appeared on “Late Show” to be his last. Bill Murray will be the last interview guest on the CBS talk show.


Murray was the guest on the first episode on February 1, 1981, and on May 19, he will be Letterman’s last interview guest as well.

Over the last 33 years, Murray has been on Letterman’s show 43 times. In his first appearance on the “Late Show” – then aired on NBC – Murray told Letterman, “You got out of Indianapolis and didn’t look back. I’m just waiting for the other shoe to fall on you, man, and I want to be there when it hits the floor! I had a chance to strangle Richard Nixon and I didn’t—and I regret it!”

According to Entertainment Weekly, Letterman’s last week will also see other guests including Tom Hanks and lead singer of Pearl Jam, Eddie Vedder.

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Hanks will be on the show on May 18, which will also mark the actor’s 60th birthday, followed by an appearance by Vedder, as reported by E! Online.

Murray will be on Letterman’s second-to-last episode on May 19. According to CBS, the last show, on May 20, “will be an hour filled with surprises [and] memorable highlights.”

Murray’s first late-night appearance:

Asked about his final show, Letterman told CNS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood’s Jane Pauley, “I can’t speak to specifics. I can tell you the kind of feelings and emotions, I hope will come of this. And I’m looking forward to. And I think that will be fairly easy to accomplish. Now getting back into television perhaps will not be as easy to accomplish.”

“So when I’m down here during band numbers or during commercial breaks, I will go to various places and try to memorize what it looks like and how I feel, and look at the audience and get the scale of things because even though I’ve done it for so long, I don’t ever want to be without a fairly accurate, fairly vivid impression of this experience.”

Letterman, 68, has hosted Late Night for 33 years, making him the longest running late night host. With over 6,028 broadcasts, Letterman has earned 16 Emmy awards to his name.

Stephen Colbert will be taking over Letterman in August, according to People.

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