NEW YORK — David Letterman’s last day on “The Late Show” is here. The one-of-a-kind comedian will tape a farewell episode on Wednesday afternoon, and details are beginning to leak out about the plans.
The Foo Fighters, a quintessential “Late Show” band, will perform on the finale.
There will be some surprise appearances as well — but no Jay Leno.
In a nod to the historic nature of the day, CBS Corporation CEO Les Moonves will be among the VIPs at the Ed Sullivan Theater when Letterman tapes his final episode.
“Well, here we are at the last show,” veteran Letterman producer Barbara Gaines tweeted on Wednesday morning. “Everything I own I owe to Dave Letterman. Thank you for 35 years.”
Gaines’ Twitter bio says, “I work in television but only for one more month.”
Longtime “Late Show” executive producer Rob Burnett said of the last episode, “We have all kinds of stuff planned.”
In lieu of the usual sit-down interviews, there will be highlights from past episodes, visits from A-list guests, and a “beautiful ending to the show that Barbara Gaines, one of our executive producers, really marshaled,” Burnett said.
“I think it probably will come down to the minute that Dave says goodnight,” he added. “Dave is very good at that, and I think no matter what he does, it will have emotional impact.”
After Wednesday afternoon’s taping, the staff will gather for a party.