Update no. 3: And here’s the video of Letterman making the announcement:
Update no. 2: We’ve got an official statement from Letterman’s representative. This is as real as it gets. Read on. (CBS also chimed in with a statement of its own.)
David Letterman, during a taping of tonight’s Late Show, said that he informed Leslie Moonves, President and CEO of CBS Corporation, that he will step down as the host of the show in 2015, which is when his current contract expires.
“The man who owns this network, Leslie Moonves, he and I have had a relationship of years and years and years, and we have had this conversation in the past, and we agreed that we would work together on this circumstance and the timing of this circumstance. And I phoned just before the program, and I said “Leslie, it’s been great, you’ve been great, and the network has been great, but I’m retiring,” said Letterman.
“I just want to reiterate my thanks for the support from the network, all the people who have worked there, all the people in the theater, all the people on the staff, everybody at home, thank you very much. What this means now, is that Paul and I can be married.”
“We don’t have the timetable for this precisely down — I think it will be at least a year or so, but sometime in the not too distant future, 2015 for the love of God, in fact, Paul and I will be wrapping up,” he added, to a standing ovation from the audience in the Ed Sullivan Theater.
Update: Since the original rumor began to circulate, the news has been confirmed by various parties, Deadline, which reports that Letterman told CBS chairman Leslie Moonves the news today. It’s safe to say this has gone from rumor to fact.
The facts are as follows:
1. Mike Mills is a musician for The Baseball Project, a group that taped an appearance on Late Show with David Letterman this afternoon.
2. Mike Mills claims that Letterman announced his retirement at the show.
3. Brian Stelter, a CNN media correspondent, confirms via Twitter:
There's no exact date yet, but it will happen sometime in 2015 according to these sources. Letterman has been with Late Show for 31 years, the longest tenure of any late night host in history.