The entertainment world received some shocking news when David Letterman announced on Thursday that he will be retiring in 2015 after 30-plus years on television and vacating his post as the host of the Late Show after he came to CBS after beginning his career on NBC.
While much of the attention and discussion after Letterman’s announcement centered around potential replacements, Stephen Colbert, Jon Stewart, Neil Patrick Harris and Ellen Degeneres have all had their names bandied about, it was The Simpsons, who have been on TV nearly as long as Letterman, who paid tribute to the retiring host on Sunday.
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The Simpsons have never missed an opportunity to make a statement on the latest events happening in the world of pop-culture, so it was not necessarily surprising to see this tribute, but it certainly was a nice touch to see the longest-running series on primetime honor one of the best with this tribute.
This is not the first time the show has honored a popular late night host as they remembered Johnny Carson at the end of the 2005 episode entitled “Mommie Beerest.”