“Our long national nightmare is over,” President Barack Obama began. “David Letterman is retiring.”
Next, Letterman revealed the totally heartfelt (and totally in-person) goodbye speech he delivered to his staff.
“Dave’s been on the air for 33 years. Back then, Bart and Lisa were kids… and Maggie was still a baby!” — Marge Simpson
Even the Wheel of Fortune gang got a jab in. (Spoiler alert: the puzzle is “Good riddance to David Letterman.”)
Then came time for the star-studded final Top 10 list, beginning with Alec Baldwin.
Then came Barbara Walters, who graced us with this face.
Jerry Seinfeld (cont’d.)
Up next was Jim Carrey, who has literally never been more Jim Carrey in his entire life.
(Something tells us Dreyfus’ Seinfeld co-star didn’t appreciate that one.)
And Bill Murray wrapped things up.
Letterman’s nod to his mother was also touching…
…as was his shout-out to wife Regina and son Harry in the audience. (“Thank you for being my family. I love you both, and really, nothing else matters, does it?”)
Now take it away, Foo Fighters! (And in the immortal words of Mr. Letterman, “Thank you and goodnight.”)