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  • Gerald Ford: "My fellow Americans, our long national nightmare is over"

  • George H.W. Bush: "Our long national nightmare is over"

  • Bill Clinton: "Our long national nightmare is over"

  • George W. Bush: "Our long national nightmare is over"

  • Barack Obama: "Our long national nightmare is over"

  • "Letterman is retiring"

  • Letterman: (laughs) "You're just kidding, right?"

  • It's the end of a late night comedy era - as David Letterman leaves his 'Late Show' desk

  • after 33 years.

  • But the 68-year-old, who started out as a weatherman in Indianapolis, proved himself

  • to be as witty as ever on his final show.

  • "Thank you very much ladies and gentlemen. Welcome to the Late Show. I want to tell you

  • one thing, I'll be honest with you, it's beginning to look like I'm not going to get

  • the Tonight Show."

  • To the mark the momentous occasion, rival Jimmy Kimmel earlier refused to air his own

  • show which runs at the same time as Mr Letterman's, urging viewers to tune in to watch his idol

  • instead.

  • As well as a host of US presidents, a bevy of comedy stars bid farewell to the veteran host, taking part in one of his signature acts.

  • More of his trademark self-deprecation followed when he observed that he had done more than

  • 6,000 shows.

  • "I was here for most of them and I can tell you that a pretty high percentage of

  • those shows just absolutely sucked."

  • Letterman even took a moment to introduce and thank his family as the lights briefly came up in

  • the Ed Sullivan Theater in Manhattan's Times Square district.

  • The show, which ran long for more than one hour and 15 minutes, ended as Letterman introduced

  • his favorite band- the Foo Fighters.

  • Letterman: "Alright, that's pretty much all I got, the only thing I have left to do for the last time on a television programme - thank you, and goodnight"

  • Before the talk show king bowed out - he blew a final kiss to his cheering audience.

  • Letterman's successor, Stephen Colbert, will take over in September.

Gerald Ford: "My fellow Americans, our long national nightmare is over"

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Letterman bids farewell to the Late Show

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