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After greater than 8 years since signing off as host of The Past due Display, David Letterman was once welcomed again to the Ed Sullivan Theater with a grand status ovation Monday.
“Girls and gents, my visitor this night definitely wishes no creation,” his successor Stephen Colbert introduced simply earlier than the target audience started to chant “David.” Letterman beamed as the group grew louder, and quipped “Is there going to be hassle?”
Somewhere else within the interview, Colbert commented on Letterman’s observation that the late-night chair is a “peculiar process that numerous folks don’t perceive.” He endured, “I’m fortunate sufficient to have my good friend John Stewart to speak about this bizarre process with and my pals in Strike Drive 5… Used to be there any one for you, while you had been within the chair, that you just had been it is advisable to do this with? Anyone it is advisable to name and simply speak about it. May just you name Johnny [Carson]?”
Letterman spoke back that whilst he had “nice appreciate for those guys,” he was once “orphaned within the communicate display international.” Whilst his resolution elicited a unanimous sound of sympathy from the group, the previous host interjected: “Smartly, I don’t respect the sarcasm.”
To wrap the evening, The Nationwide delivered a heartfelt efficiency of “Area Invader” to welcome again the late-night legend. Previous to the band’s efficiency, Letterman advised Colbert that this was once the “2d time in my lifestyles that this is going on right here this night” — referencing the Foo Combatants‘ historical look on his ultimate episode of the Past due Display. “So the ones two teams, I’ll love them without end,” stated Letterman.
Whilst Letterman has made earlier appearances on late-night tv since he departed The Past due Display — he’s guested on Jimmy Kimmel Reside and Past due Night time With Seth Meyers, in addition to the overall episode of The Past due Past due Display With James Corden previous this yr — Monday’s episode marked the primary time he returned to the display he introduced on CBS again in 1993.