As David Letterman bade farewell to late-night on Wednesday, celebrities poured their hearts and humor out on social media to send off the “Late Show” host after 33 years in the biz.
Musicians shared their performances, comedians shared their stand-up bits and nearly all of them thanked Letterman for his imprint on television. Even late-night hosts Conan O’Brien and Jimmy Kimmel paid tribute to the veteran during their monologues.
Here’s a look at what his fellow comedians, fans and colleagues had to say.
“Veep” star Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who helped deliver the star-studded Top Ten list, called the evening “extraordinary.”
Well, that was extraordinary. #thanksdave Late Show with David Letterman #lettermanPosted by Julia Louis-Dreyfus on Wednesday, May 20, 2015
“Community” writer/producer Dan Harmon shared a series of memories, adding that he was “heartbroken” in his 20s when Letterman didn’t replace Johnny Carson, so he stopped watching and “went all edgy.”
As a kid, I repeated Carson jokes to impress grownups.. I never got the jokes. Comedy was repeating sounds I memorized that got laughs on TV— Dan Harmon (@danharmon) May 21, 2015
And then Letterman appears. Dress pants and sneakers. Toast on a stick. Jokes I started getting. Comedy became a real thing. He was our dad.— Dan Harmon (@danharmon) May 21, 2015
“The Interview” star Seth Rogen shared a heartfelt note from the outgoing host.
Dave sent me this after I was on once and it’s one of my most prized possessions. Was always my favorite show to do. pic.twitter.com/ShGtddbvr5— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) May 21, 2015
Singer Josh Groban insists that he got emotional during the finale strictly due to dust.
Any other east coast 30 something’s getting a little emo on the couch right now. It’s just dust....dusty in here.... #ThanksDave— josh groban (@joshgroban) May 21, 2015
Actress Jessica Alba shared a bit from her first experience on the show.
My very first time on @letterman - I will never forget how comfortable you made me feel - I was SOOOOOOO nervous!!! #thanksdave for all of the amazing memories and laughs! #davidletterman #darkangel A video posted by Jessica Alba (@jessicaalba) on May 20, 2015 at 10:20pm PDT
“How I Met Your Mother” alum Cobie Smulders said good-bye with a simple photo and caption.
Farewell sir.... #ThanksDave pic.twitter.com/Nz7x8sHu0r— Cobie Smulders (@CobieSmulders) May 21, 2015
“Live! With Kelly and Michael” co-host Michael Strahan gave him a send-up.
Thank you for all of the laughs and awkward moments, Dave! Lifting you up to bigger and better things ahead! #ThanksDave @lettermanPosted by Michael Strahan on Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Singer Gwen Stefani shared one of No Doubt’s early TV performances.
Congratulations to @Letterman on 33 years of incredible late night television & thank you for letting us be a part of it. We’ll miss you! #ThanksDave @NoDoubt A video posted by Gwen Stefani (@gwenstefani) on May 20, 2015 at 8:14pm PDT
And one more... ¿#ThanksDave¿ @NoDoubt A video posted by Gwen Stefani (@gwenstefani) on May 20, 2015 at 8:19pm PDT
Country singer Faith Hill tuned in with husband Tim McGraw.
Watching @Letterman w/ Tim. Hard to imagine late night without David. Thanks for all of the laughs. We will all miss you!!!! #ThanksDave— Faith Hill (@FaithHill) May 21, 2015
“Jane the Virgin” breakout star Gina Rodriguez barely made the cut for appearing on the show.
It was my first major talk show and I will never forget it. #ThanksDave @Letterman pic.twitter.com/seHtZUYmiN— Gina (@HereIsGina) May 21, 2015
Country star Darius Rucker shared a Hootie and the Blowfish snapshot from the set.
Strange to think about late night tv without @Letterman! #ThanksDave pic.twitter.com/P6KyS3pFur— Darius Rucker (@dariusrucker) May 21, 2015
Actress Rita Wilson shut down his “long national nightmare” opening.
.@Letterman Not a long national nightmare! A long national dream!— Rita Wilson (@RitaWilson) May 21, 2015
“Today” show co-host Al Roker was touched by the sentimentality of Letterman’s final episode.
Watching the final @Letterman and struck by the humanity that runs through the humor. And got to see the proud dad he is— Al Roker (@alroker) May 21, 2015
Nobody has done it better. #Letterman— Steve Levitan (@SteveLevitan) May 21, 2015
Comedian Chris Rock dubs himself the new host of “The Late Show.” (Sorry, Colbert.)
And the new host of the late show is. pic.twitter.com/sjbIdjs302— Chris Rock (@chrisrock) May 21, 2015
“Girls” creator Lena Dunham thanked the often-prickly host for boosting her confidence.
Dear Dave- you really know how to make a gal feel like a trillion bucks. Thank you for it all. Love- Lena A photo posted by Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) on May 20, 2015 at 4:32pm PDT
“Brooklyn 99" star Chelsea Peretti could think of something else she’d rather see end.
Why cant Facebook end instead of Letterman— Chelsea Peretti (@ChelseaVPeretti) May 21, 2015
Actor-comedian Rob Schneider summed up Letterman’s career with one of the show’s famous bits.
Why cant Facebook end instead of Letterman— Chelsea Peretti (@ChelseaVPeretti) May 21, 2015
“The Talk” co-host Julie Chen shared a selfie.
#ThanksDave ... you are truly one of a kind, you’ll be missed! @Letterman #Letterman pic.twitter.com/bJ8FnsHlAl— Julie Chen (@JulieChen) May 21, 2015
“Hot in Cleveland” star Betty White promised to keep her eyes peeled for Dave.
Tonight is @letterman’s final Late Show. We love each other so much. I will miss him so. But look out -- I’ll find him!! #ThanksDave— Betty White (@BettyMWhite) May 21, 2015
The Backstreet Boys reposted their Top Ten list.
#ThanksDave for 33 years. Cheers @letterman! https://t.co/o1fCGN57ip— backstreetboys (@backstreetboys) May 21, 2015
“Arrested Development” and “The Millers” star Will Arnett reminded people what Letterman did for TV and beyond
You made it cool to be smart You made it cool to be witty This pic’s truly a dream come true @Letterman #Letterman pic.twitter.com/ZmpJCbcp5S— Will Arnett™ (@arnettwill) May 20, 2015
“Community” star and “The Soup” host Joel McHale called Letterman his TV father.
Thank you, thank you, thank you @Letterman for being my TV father. You started & are now ending an era. #DavidLetterman #WrestlingShoes— Joel McHale (@joelmchale) May 20, 2015
“American Idol” judge Harry Connick Jr. made Throwback Thursday come a day early.
i’ve known dave for over half of my life! you’ve been so supportive and kind to me since 1988 - good luck, dave, @paulshaffer and the @Letterman crew - thank you! #letterman A photo posted by Harry Connick, Jr. (@harryconnickjr) on May 20, 2015 at 9:28am PDT
Seth Meyers and the “Late Night” crew opened his Tuesday show with a shot-for-shot recreation of the original 1982 opening sequence.
Our homage to @Letterman - A shot for shot remake of his ’82 opening https://t.co/AkBDbekhgb— Seth Meyers (@sethmeyers) May 20, 2015
President Obama said that TV wouldn’t be the same.
TV won’t be the same without Dave. pic.twitter.com/9q5NHTf3b5— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) May 20, 2015
Presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton actually thanked the comedian for pantsuit jokes.
#ThanksDave—for two decades of laughs, insights, and, yes, even pantsuit jokes. @Letterman, you’re a legend. -H pic.twitter.com/Cz9TDwTxAw— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) May 21, 2015
Actress Demi Moore offered up her gymnastics moves.
You’ll always be my Secret Santa @Letterman Happy to show you my gymnastics anytime!! https://t.co/u9Kb8KutF3 pic.twitter.com/E2i2SHAXdo— Demi Moore (@justdemi) May 21, 2015
“Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane shared a memorable “Late Show” moment.
Madonna: “Is that a rug?” Letterman: “Well what is THAT, a swim cap?” pic.twitter.com/aHtda74GJE— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) May 21, 2015
“The Hunger Games” star Jennifer Lawrence pleaded with her pal to stay.
#ThanksDave Late Show with David LettermanPosted by Jennifer Lawrence on Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Monday guest Tom Hanks asked Letterman to give back his tools.
Tom Hanks takes his final bow on Dave’s stage tonight. #ThanksDavePosted by Late Show with David Letterman on Monday, May 18, 2015
Comedian Steve Martin quipped about Letterman’s future prospects.
Congratulations to David Letterman, who I now believe is beginning his third career in show business.— Steve Martin (@SteveMartinToGo) May 20, 2015
Him and me. pic.twitter.com/caLgKjbCzd— Steve Martin (@SteveMartinToGo) May 21, 2015
Jerry Seinfeld marked his 50th appearance on the show.
My 50th and final appearance on @Letterman tonight is coming nearly exactly 33 years after my first. In honor of Dave’s amazing run, I’ve prepared a stand-up set that has a secret identity. See if you can figure it out. A photo posted by Jerry Seinfeld (@jerryseinfeld) on Apr 24, 2015 at 12:01pm PDT
Former President Clinton was grateful to be among Letterman’s final guests.
End of an era for my friend David Letterman. Happy to be one of the final guests on his last run. –BC #ThanksDave Watch the Late Show with David Letterman tonight to see the full conversation.Posted by President Bill Clinton on Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Fellow late-night host Jimmy Kimmel, who hosts the competing “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” on ABC, dedicated a tearful monologue to Letterman and shared how the veteran host influenced him.
Jimmy Kimmel’s tribute to the great David Letterman for 33 years of television history. #Letterman #ThanksDave https://t.co/DuUtGRMUKA— Jimmy Kimmel Live (@JimmyKimmelLive) May 20, 2015
“Dave is the best.” - @JimmyKimmel #Letterman #ThanksDave pic.twitter.com/GWa88gKCSO— Jimmy Kimmel Live (@JimmyKimmelLive) May 20, 2015
“Conan” host Conan O’Brien paid tribute in a similar manner.
“Have a great show & from the bottom of my heart, thank you so much.” - @ConanOBrien salutes @Letterman. https://t.co/vCy0xdNPli #ThanksDave— Team Coco (@TeamCoco) May 21, 2015
It’s absolutely absurd to thank David Letterman for all he’s done in a tweet. But that’s the world we live in now. #ThanksDave— Conan O’Brien (@ConanOBrien) May 21, 2015
Actor-comedian Patton Oswalt wrote a touching tribute to the host on Facebook and shared his set list from his sole appearance as a stand-up comedian on “The Late Show.”
“So thanks, Dave. I only got to meet you once, when we shook hands after my first and only stand-up set on your show (that’s a pic of my setlist, written in my hotel room that afternoon of the taping). You were friendly but distant, but I could tell you wanted me to do well. One comedian to another. And thank you for NEVER putting yourself above the oddness you so clearly delighted in.”
David Letterman’s last show is Wednesday night. I’m writing this now because I know I’ll lose it after watching him talk...Posted by Patton Oswalt on Tuesday, May 19, 2015
No more pencils. #GoodbyeDavidLetterman— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) May 21, 2015
TV Queen Oprah Winfrey teased to her final appearance on Letterman’s show.
My last HA HA with Dave tonight. #ThanksDavePosted by Oprah Winfrey on Friday, May 15, 2015
Daytime host Ellen DeGeneres offered up kind words.
Tonight is David @Letterman’s final show. What a wonderful, inspiring, hilarious, groundbreaking, amazing ride. #ThanksDave— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) May 21, 2015
“New Girl” star Zooey Deschanel and “The Mindy Project’s” Mindy Kaling kept it simple and just thanked the host.
#thanksDave <3Posted by Zooey Deschanel on Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Thank you, Dave. Love you. ¿¿ A photo posted by Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) on May 19, 2015 at 11:36pm PDT
Comedian Sarah Silverman said she’d miss the host “something awful.”
Gonna miss this man something awful. #DAVE pic.twitter.com/PtPHVrbJGS— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) May 20, 2015
Comedian Tom Green called Letterman a “revolutionary” and his “hero.”
David Letterman was a revolutionary and still one of my biggest heroes. I thank him for all the years he spent making us laugh.Posted by Tom Green on Tuesday, May 19, 2015
“Will & Grace” alum Sean Hayes thanked the host for “being slow & gentle” when he made his first appearance on the show in 1991.
To my hero, David Letterman: You will be greatly missed in late night. Thanks for being so kind & generous to me over...Posted by Sean Hayes on Wednesday, May 20, 2015
#ThanksDave @Letterman pic.twitter.com/8BhxITBxMN— Sean Hayes (@theseanhayes) May 21, 2015
Comedian Hari Kondabolu mourned Letterman while doing a bit of self-promotion.
I grew up watching The Late Show With David Letterman and getting to do standup on the show last March was one of the...Posted by Hari Kondabolu on Wednesday, May 20, 2015
The New York Yankees shared a montage of memorable moments on the show.
Our wonderful city won’t quite be the same without David Letterman. #ThanksDavePosted by New York Yankees on Wednesday, May 20, 2015
NBA star Carmelo Anthony lamented the “end of an era.”
Tonight is the end of an era. #ThanksDave Late Show with David LettermanPosted by Carmelo Anthony on Wednesday, May 20, 2015
“Breaking Bad” alum Krysten Ritter wished Letterman a happy retirement.
Happy retirement David @letterman! So honored to have been your guest. XoxoxoPosted by Krysten Ritter on Wednesday, May 20, 2015
“2 Broke Girls” star Beth Behrs recalled a memorable dinosaur impression she did for the host and his audience.
Goodbye @letterman. It was such an honor to be a guest on your show and do my velociraptor impression for the world. You will be missedPosted by Beth Behrs on Wednesday, May 20, 2015
“Billy on the Street” star Billy Eichner commended Letterman for “breaking new ground and remaining a true original for so many years.”
Making Letterman laugh meant so much to me. Thanks Dave and everyone at The Late Show with David Letterman for having me...Posted by Billy Eichner on Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Country band Lady Antebellum looked back on its first performance on the show. Pop band Maroon 5 also shared its 2012 performance.
Looking back on our first @Letterman appearance in 2010 when we performed “American Honey” #thanksdave https://t.co/DKC8bsUbZm— Lady Antebellum (@ladyantebellum) May 21, 2015
#ThanksDave for all the memories. Here is our performance #MovesLikeJagger on the @Letterman show in 2012. https://t.co/VuAHdkpzQQ— Maroon 5 (@maroon5) May 20, 2015
“Broad City” called Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson’s appearance on the show “a lit-er-al dream .”
it was a lit-er-al dream to be on your show Late Show with David Letterman. farewell!!Posted by Broad City on Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Ventriloquist Jeff Dunham said he was grateful to be part of Letterman’s “great history.”
Congrats to broadcaster, TV icon, & comedian David Letterman; #ThanksDave for letting me be part of your great historyPosted by Jeff Dunham on Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Comedian Jim Gaffigan said watching Letterman changed his life.
“The Princess Bride” alum Cary Elwes thanks Letterman “for entertaining us with your sheer brilliance.”
Longtime executive producer and writer Eric Stangel got a bit nostalgic on Twitter.
Lucky to have written for David @Letterman for 17 years and to have worked with such amazing, talented folks. Congratulations. #ThanksDave— Eric Stangel (@EricStangel) May 21, 2015
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