Saying Goodbye to David Letterman: A Look Back at His 33-Year Legacy

When NBC handed David Letterman Late Night in 1982, his offbeat humor ushered in a new era of late night.

Thirty-three years later, he’s stepping down from a late-night landscape that changed around him, having stayed true to himself as the medium changed from appointment viewing to something to be easily digested the next morning in three- to four-minute clips.

New Book Reveals Johnny Carson's Least Favorite Tonight Show Guest: Bob Hope

Richard Zoglin is the author of Hope: Entertainer of the Century, published this week by Simon & Schuster and cited by reviewers as the definitive biography of the comedy legend. In its current issue, PEOPLE singles it out as the book of the week. Here, an excerpt from the work.

Joan Rivers, Johnny Carson & the Bumpy Road to Tonight

Joan Rivers, who died on Thursday, was one of late-night television’s true pioneers. And inextricably tied to her legacy of trailblazing is her relationship with The Tonight Show, and the long shadow that Johnny Carson cast over her career.

Joan Rivers Returns to Tonight Show Couch for the First Time in 26 Years

PEOPLE's TV Critic: So Long, Farewell, Jay Leno – But It Was Time to Say Goodbye

Jay Leno left NBC’s The Tonight Show after 22 years Thursday night with a farewell that included old friends Billy Crystal and Garth Brooks and – the one big stunt – a large surprise ensemble of guests (Oprah Winfrey, Kim Kardashian, Jack Bl

Jay Leno Bids Tearful Goodbye to Tonight Show After 22 Years

Even on a bittersweet night, there had to be jokes.

Jay Leno has hosted The Tonight Show for a loooooong time. So tell us, Jay, how long was it?

“Here’s how long,” he said Thursday. “When I started hosting, marijuana was illegal and you could smoke cigarettes anywhere you wanted.”

Actually, it was 22 years since he took over for Johnny Carson at NBC’s venerable late-night show from beautiful downtown Burbank, not counting seven disastrous months in 2009 when Conan O’Brien helmed the program.

NBC Debuts First Tonight Show Promo with Jimmy Fallon

Heeeeeere’s Jimmy!

NBC unveiled its first promotion for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon – the new host will make his debut Feb. 17 – and the minute-long clip, titled “A Tradition Continues,” pays homage to the program’s storied 60-year past and its historic hosts and hand-offs.

What We're Reading This Weekend: Tales of the Rich and Famous

Johnny Carson’s womanizing, Billy Crystal’s take on aging, Aisha Tyler’s many accidents This weekend our staffers are losing themselves in stars’ life stories.

Tell us what you think – and let us know what you’re reading!

Judith Newman, book reviewer
Her Pick: Johnny Carson by Henry Bushkin

Johnny Carson's Nephew Brings Tonight Show to New Generation

Heeere’s Johnny!

Twenty-one years after the King of Late Night retired from NBC’s The Tonight Show after a 30-year run, Johnny Carson is back on the small screen – this time on tablets and smartphones via iTunes starting Tuesday.

Carson, who was 79 when he died of emphysema in 2005, filmed 4,351 episodes of the late-night staple.

Jonathan Winters Dies at 87

Jonathan Winters – an improvisational genius and the comedic spiritual godfather to a generation of younger comics, including Robin Williams, Jim Carrey and the late Andy Kaufman – died of natural causes Thursday night. He was surrounded by family and friends at his home in Montecito, Calif., the Associated Press reports. He was 87.

Tweeted Steve Martin on Friday: “Goodbye, Jonath[a]n Winters. You were not only one of the greats, but one of the great greats.”