NEW YORK — David Letterman’s final goodbye was an emotional and historic moment in television. Unfortunately, some viewers didn’t get to see it.
The final “Late Show” was roughly 20 minutes longer than usual. This caused those who fell asleep early and recorded the broadcast to miss out on the signature moment of Letterman saying goodbye.
“Lots of folks are gonna be mad when they find that the DVR missed the last 25 minutes of Letterman,” tweeted radio broadcaster Bob Sirott.
Other users on social media also mentioned the technology hiccup with some even changing the honorary Letterman hash-tag “#ThanksDave” to “#NoThanks.”
“Thanks, DVR, for cutting off the last few minutes of Letterman’s final show. I should have anticipated it would play out like a sports game,” comedian Sean Conroy tweeted late Wednesday night.
The outcry over the missed minutes was muted, however, by the flurry of tweets Wednesday night alerting people to program their DVRs for extra time.
“Enjoy a little extra Dave for his final #LateShow broadcast tonight. Adjusted broadcast time for tonight is 11:35p – 12:55a,” tweeted executive VP of communications Chris Ender about three hours before the broadcast.
WTVR CBS 6 anchor Bill Fitzgerald alerted viewers prior to the Letterman finale that the telecast would be longer than expected.
Letterman’s long show pushed back the telecast that followed it, “The Late Late Show with James Corden.”
Corden honored the retiring Letterman by opening his show with a duet with Sting outside the Ed Sullivan Theater.
The 11:35 p.m. time slot on Thursday night will be filled by a rerun of the CBS drama, “The Mentalist,” according to TV Guide listings.