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Because it is the year 2014 and thanks to Twitter we can no longer have nice things, David Letterman apparently announced his retirement from late night broadcasting this afternoon during the recording of tonight’s episode of The Late Show with David Letterman.  The news leaked via Twitter this afternoon, and quickly spread thereafter by more and more people who wanted to ruin the surprise, like us.

The news broke when Mike Mills of R.E.M. (a musical guest on tonight’s show) tweeted “Dave just announced his retirement #2015 #muchlovedave” because, hey, why let audiences enjoy the historic moment as planned, right?

Letterman’s impending retirement has been rumored for years, but the news makes sense, as Letterman is already 66 years old, and his contract with CBS expires next year.

Letterman first became a late night staple in 1982, when Late Night with David Letterman premiered on NBC.  In 1993, Letterman jumped ship to CBS with The Late Show with David Letterman, after NBC chose to replace the retiring Johnny Carson with Jay Leno rather than Letterman, the heir apparent.

UPDATE:  You can watch the announcement below.

What do you think of the Letterman news?

Source:  The AV Club