updated 04/03/2014 AT 4:00 PM ET
•originally published 04/03/2014 AT 5:30 PM ET
And the No. 1 reason late-night will feel a lot more lonely …
David Letterman, 66, announced Thursday that he is retiring after more than three decades of making people laugh after their bedtimes.
The funnyman, who began in 1982 on Late Night with David Letterman on NBC before moving to the Late Show with David Letterman on CBS, told the audience at Thursday’s taping that he will leave next year.
He said he broke the news earlier to CBS CEO Leslie Moonves. “I said, ‘Leslie, it’s been great, you’ve been great, and the network has been great, but I’m retiring.’”
Added Letterman: “I just want to reiterate my thanks for the support from the network, all of the people who have worked here, all of the people in the theater, all the people on the staff, everybody at home, thank you very much. 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.”