5 Times David Letterman Showed That Family Matters Most

David Letterman signed off the Late Show for the last time on Wednesday, May 20, after more than three decade behind the the desk. He's usually notorious private about his family life, but he took the opportunity to thank his wife and son, and I'm amazed he could get through it without tearing up.

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We're not used to seeing Letterman get sentimental, but he did in a special address to his family. "I want to thank my family: my wife, Regina [Lasko], and my son Harry," he said. "Thank you. Just seriously, thank you for being my family."

He went on, "I love you both and really nothing else matters, does it?"

While we may be more used to seeing Dave as a funny guy rather than a family guy, it really does seem like he cherishes his family more than anything. Here are some of the things he's shared over the years to show his devotion to his wife and son.

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1. When Harry was born in 2003, he brought a photo of him to the show on the November 4 episode. Showing the audience, he said,"I could never imagine ever being a part of something that turned out this beautiful." As even more evidence that Dave puts family first, he named Harry after his own father.

2. After 23 years together, Letterman and Lasko finally made it official and tied the knot in 2009. On the way to the courthouse in Montana (where they have a ranch), they got stuck in the mud. But Dave was a hero and went for help. He said of the experience, "So now we think, 'Well, somebody'll come.' No, nobody comes along. Nobody comes along -- it's Thursday afternoon; who's coming along? Zorro? No, nobody. So I get out of the truck and I walk 2 miles back to the house into a 50-mile-an-hour wind ... It's not Beverly Hills, it's Montana, for God's sakes. And the whole way, I'm thinking, 'See, smart ass, see, see, you try to get married, this is what happens.'"

3. In 2010, he apologized to Regina when he was forced to admit that he had been unfaithful with a number of women. He said that she had been "horribly hurt by [his] behavior," and, "If you hurt a person and it's your responsibility, you try to fix it." It seems as though they've only grown stronger since then.

4. He's constantly asking his guests about their families. And ever since his own son was born, he's actually been interested in their answers, as one Washington Post writer pointed out, saying, "When Jerry Seinfeld was on the show, HE kept asking about Seinfeld's 12-year-old, seeking a coming attraction of what is in store for his own son, Harry. Mike Myers discussed his kids’ names and showed pictures on a visit last year. This is what is interesting to Dave now."

5. He retired. He's said before that he planned to work well into his 70s, but now that Harry is 11, he decided he'd rather spend more time with him and his wife. If putting worldly success aside for your family doesn't say what you value most in life, I don't know what does.

Do you consider David Letterman a family man?

 

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