David Letterman Retiring -- His Top 10 'Late Show' Moments Remembered (VIDEO)

David Letterman announced his retirement during the taping of The Late Show on Thursday. The longest-serving late-night talk show host in history told his audience that his last show will be in 2015, as his contract is expiring and he's not renewing.

He's had quite a run over the years, with some hilarious guests, some touching moments, and of course the famously funny daily Top Ten List.

In honor of 20-plus years of The Late Show With David Letterman, here are our Top Ten Favorite Letterman Moments.


1. Getting flashed by Drew Barrymore: When 20-year-old Drew Barrymore visited the show in 1995, it happened to be Dave's birthday. When the subject turned to her love of nude performance dance, she decided to give him a little demonstration. Happy birthday, Dave!

2. Madonna drops the F-bomb (repeatedly): The censors had to use the bleep button quite a few times when Madonna came on in 1995.

3. Peter O'Toole and the camel: When the legendary actor appeared on the show in 2013, he rode in on a camel. And then shared a beer with him. With the camel, that it -- Dave remained sober.

4. Joaquin Phoenix's 'I'm Still Here' Hoax: In 2009, Joaquin showed up on set, and "showed up" is a relative term. The actor appeared to have an epic meltdown, but it turned out the whole thing was a publicity stunt that Dave was not in on.

5. When he confessed his affairs and confronted his blackmailer: In 2009, someone tried to extort Dave for his sexual exploits. Rather than give in to his demands, Dave went on the air and made a heartfelt confession of the "very bad things" he had done.

6. Settling the feud with Oprah: In 2005, the two talk show hosts settled their 20-year feud ... that they didn't even know about!

7. First post-9/11 show: His monologue was incredibly moving and inspirational.

8. Loopy Farrah Fawcett: In 1997, the actress may have indulged in a glass or four of that green room champagne.

9. Cher calls Dave an asshole: He had begged the singer for four years to come on the show, and in 1986, she did, and took the opportunity to ruffle his feathers.

10. Johnny Carson tribute: After Dave's inspiration and mentor died in 2005, he honored him by composing his monologue entirely with jokes the late comedian had sent him.


What was your favorite Letterman moment?


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