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Letterman Signs New 2-Year Deal With CBS

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Late Show host David Letterman (Photo: John Paul Filo/CBS ©2013 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved

Late Show host David Letterman (Photo: John Paul Filo/CBS ©2013 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved

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NEW YORK (CBSMiami) – Late Show host David Letterman will be sticking around CBS for a while.

CBS and Worldwide Pants announced Friday a contract extension for David Letterman to host the Late Show through 2015.

“Les and I had a lengthy discussion, and we both agreed that I needed a little more time to fully run the show into the ground,” said Letterman.

“There is only one Dave, and we are extremely proud that he continues to call CBS ‘home,’” said Leslie Moonves, President and Chief Executive Officer, CBS Corporation.

David Letterman is the longest-running late night talk show host in television history at 31 years and counting.  He has been credited with redefining the talk show genre since “Late Night with David Letterman” premiered on NBC on Feb. 1, 1982.  The groundbreaking show earned a Peabody Award, five Emmy Awards and 35 Emmy nominations during its 11½ years on the air.

This year, the Late Show with David Letterman reached a milestone 20 years on the CBS Television Network.  Since its debut on CBS on August 30, 1993, the Late Show has been honored with nine Emmy Awards, including six for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program, and a staggering 73 Emmy nominations.

The Late Show increased its audience 5-percent over last year during the opening week of the 2013-2014 broadcast season, with a weekly average of 3.14 million viewers.

The Late Show with David Letterman airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. right after CBS4 News at 11.

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