David Letterman concluded his reign as dean of late-night television Wednesday night, and his peers across the networks (even cable!) all pitched in with tributes on their respective shows.
Kimmel couldn’t stop himself from getting weepy as he described watching Letterman in his bedroom as a teenager. He was so impressed with him that he would host midnight-viewing parties and confessed to drawing sketches of Letterman in his school notebooks. Even his birthday cake and car license plates were celebrations of “Late Night.”
“Even though it looked like every other talk show, it wasn’t,” Kimmel said. “It was totally original, primarily because the host of the show, who, a lot of the time seemed embarrassed to even be there — he did not seem like he was a part of show business — was uncomfortable.”
Later, he choked up again. “The reason I have this show is because the executives at ABC saw me when I was a guest on his show and hired me to host this show.”
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