Emmy Award Winner and comedy host Jimmy Kimmel gave an emotional farewell message to David Letterman following the “Late Night” host’s retirement.
Kimmel shared that as a youngster, he used to stay up late just to watch episodes of Letterman’s program.
In his tribute, he revealed that drew pictures of Letterman on his textbooks, flashed a picture of him wearing a Letterman jacket, and even got Letterman vanity license plate that read “L8 NIGHT” for his first car.
“We had no VCR, so I would have David Letterman viewing parties at my house in the middle of the night,” Kimmel revealed in a statement (transcribed by CNN ).
” My friends who also loved the show would come over – my parents would be asleep – at midnight and we would drink soda and watch the show.
Looking back, I figured out why none of the girls at school wanted to have sex with me.” Kimmel also explained how Letterman played a key role in his career: “The reason I have this show is because the executives at ABC saw me when I was a guest on Dave’s show,” he revealed.
“So I want to thank Dave and his writers and producers,” Kimmel said as tears filled his eyes.
Kimmel also told audiences to tune into the final “Late Show with David Letterman” episode instead of his show, which he revealed would be a rerun.
Several other late show hosts gave their praises to the veteran comedian including SNL alums Seth Meyers and Jimmy Fallon. Fallon gave his farewell saying “have a nice retirement, Dave!” Seth Meyers, meanwhile, recreated Letterman’s opening credits.
Former Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert will take over the CBS’s “Late Show” in September.
“I wish Stephen and his staff and crew nothing but the greatest success,” Letterman said as he closed his show .