There’s a lot of change in the late night landscape. Jay Leno is leaving (again, we think for good this time) Arsenio is back and Jimmy Fallon is moving on up to The Tonight Show. None of that shifting around for CBS, as it extended David Letterman through 2015.
He’s the longest running late night host in history at 31 years and still one of the most popular. He’s been at CBS 20 years now. Letterman brought many of his faithful viewers from NBC after its first botching of the Tonight Show transition. The move to CBS had a domino effect that bumped Arsenio Hall from most of the stations he appeared on, sending him into effective exile for years until his recent return.
Letterman joked that he and CBS President Les Moonves felt the host needed a little more time to “run the show completely into the ground.” Unlike his old bosses at NBC, CBS has no heir apparent lined up so this deal ensures another two years of stability.