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David Letterman to Leave Late Show (TVNewser)
During the taping of Thursday’s Late Show, David Letterman announced next year will be his last on the show he’s hosted for more than two decades. The news was first reported on Twitter by R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills, a guest on the show, just after 4 p.m. ET. Letterman, who turns 67 next week, signed a contract extension in October. Adweek The duration of the new deal seemed a sure sign that the clock was ticking on Letterman’s late night tenure. Two years prior to signing the extension, the host had agreed to a two-year deal. NYT Letterman said he had informed CBS president Leslie Moonves of his intention to step down from The Late Show at the end of his current contract, which has about 16 months left. A specific end date has not yet been set. Letterman is considered by many to be the most original voice in the late-night format, and Moonves has been steadfast in his assurances in recent years that he would never ask Letterman to retire, saying at one point, “You don’t do that to a television legend.” Mashable Letterman hosted Late Night on NBC from 1982 to 1993 before starting Late Show on CBS in 1993. In 2013, he surpassed Johnny Carson as the longest-running late night talk show host in television history. He has been part of more than 6,000 late-night broadcasts. USA Today It’s unclear how CBS will replace Letterman, and when, precisely. Craig Ferguson, who hosts the Letterman-produced Late Late Show, is not being considered as a replacement, insiders say, even though his contract technically promises it. Moonves is known to have been interested in The Daily Show‘s Jon Stewart over the years, but in the past Stewart has said he is not interested in a network talk show. Stewart’s Comedy Central partner Stephen Colbert is seen as a more likely candidate, and is available sooner: His contract with Comedy Central expires in December, though Stewart is free in 2015. Chelsea Handler also announced plans to leave her late-night E! show this year.

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CBS This Morning Hangs with Robert Evans

Holy smokes. To spice up a report wrapped around a recent visit to the hallowed Beverly Hills home and Paramount Studios office of Robert Evans, Lee Cowan‘s producers dug up some old footage of Edward R. Murrow interviewing the young, dashing actor. That alone makes this morning’s report a must-watch for fans of Hollywood’s Golden Age.

Happily, the actor who went on to become a studio mogul is still driving the Jag, making jokes and, most importantly, writing after a series of near-fatal strokes 15 years ago. We have not yet had the chance to read his new book The Fat Lady Sang, but judging by the sensational Frank Sinatra chapter excerpted in London’s Telegraph, it’s going to be as memorable as previous memoir The Kid Stays in the Picture.

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Norah O’Donnell: ‘Those Tapes Will Never See the Light of Day’

NorahODonnellCBSCBS This Morning co-host Norah O’Donnell made headlines this week thanks to a rare interview with His Holiness, the Dalai Lama. But she was also part of a fun little item by Reuters NYC correspondent Chris Taylor.

Taylor, after recently asking some finance gurus about their first jobs, decided to pose the same question to high-profile journalists. O’Donnell’s answer is hard to beat. At age 10, with her father stationed with the military in Seoul, South Korea, she agreed to help create some English-language learning tapes to help her fellow students meet a middle school requirement:

“That rolled into doing a TV program for the Korean equivalent of PBS. It was 30 minutes every week, I sat in the middle of a Korean woman and an American guy, and we would do little skits in English and Korean.”

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WNBC’s Chuck Scarborough Makes Cameo on CBS This Morning

It was only seconds of his voice, but the “rock” of 30 Rock, Chuck Scarborough, was heard on CBS This Morning in their “Eye Opener” segment. It may not have meant much to those in Dubuque, but here the six-second audio clip was odd.

Scarborough’s “moonlighting” moment involved a snippet about the General Petraeus sex scandal from last night’s WNBC newscast.

Just before Scarborough’s voice was heard, WCBS’ Maurice DuBois described the Texas college shooting.

CBS also accesses clips from other stations and networks, including Fox News.

Tina Brown, Newsweek/Daily Beast Editor-in-Chief, Talks About Going Digital

Tina Brown, the Newsweek/Daily Beast editor-in-chief, discussed the decision this morning on CBS This Morning to move her publication from print to digital.

As we reported yesterday, after 80 years of buying Newsweek at the newsstand or by home delivery, the company is dropping the print version as of December 31.

Brown told Charlie Rose this morning that the mobile app is no longer the future.

“We really do feel that we’ve reached a tipping point in this industry,” Brown said. “That you’re seeing now – there are 17 million tablets now in the U.S., iPad Minis coming out with 10 million ordered.”

Rose asked her if this dramatic move was expected at the beginning of Brown’s tenure at Newsweek/Daily Beast.

“Two years ago this wouldn’t have been the absolutely inevitable outcome this fast. But the fact is that The Daily Beast is enormously successful… We have had a 70 percent increase in traffic and we’re part of Barry Diller’s international company, which is 21 digital companies under one roof, so there was always a feeling and a knowledge inside us that eventually we would go to be a digital company.”

More from the CBS interview after the jump.

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Oprah Bothered by USA Today Headline

Oprah stopped by the “CBS This Morning” set this morning, and during the wide-ranging talk, Oprah said that she is not typically bothered by what is written about her, but a recent USA Today headline did get under her skin.

“I learned this [lesson] from doing ‘The Color Purple’ with Steven Spielberg,” explained Oprah. “At the time he was on the cover of Time magazine. And he said ‘I’m not going to read it.’ And I was like, ‘How could you not read it?’ And he said, ‘Because if you believe all the good stuff, then you have to believe when people write things that are unflattering.’ …But last week I saw one headline that really knocked me off center. It was a USA Today headline that said, ‘Oprah Not Quite Standing on Her Own,’ and I just kind of went, ‘Ohhh..’”

We’re not sure which part of that is more surprising: That Oprah was annoyed by such a tame headline, or that she reads USA Today.