17 October 2019
Bill Murray (left) has been one of David Letterman's favorite guests over the years. Photo: CNN
Bill Murray (left) has been one of David Letterman's favorite guests over the years. Photo: CNN

David Letterman comes full circle with Bill Murray

David Letterman is going out in true Bill Murray style.

Letterman heads to the end of his late-night career with Murray, the same guest he started with.

Murray will appear on Letterman’s next-to-last Late Show on Tuesday night.

On Wednesday’s finale, there will be some surprise appearances but no sit-down interviews, according to CNN.

Fans who were at Tuesday’s taping said Murray walked around the Ed Sullivan Theater covered head to toe in cake, singing “more Worldwide Pants” to the theme of “Give Peace a Chance.”

Worldwide Pants is the name of Letterman’s production company.

Murray popped out of a cake inside the theater, fans at the taping said.

Regis Philbin made a surprise cameo during Letterman’s monologue and jokingly tried to get a spot on Wednesday night’s finale.

Letterman favorite and owner of the Hello Deli next door, Rupert Jee, was also on to take part in a montage of Jee’s best moments on the show.

Murray was Letterman’s first guest in late night when he appeared with Letterman in 1982 on NBC’s Late Night.

Murray did the same thing a decade later when he was the first guest on the Late Show after Letterman moved to CBS in 1993.

Through the years, Murray has been one of Letterman’s most outrageous and noteworthy guests.

Murray has flown into the show as Peter Pan, trained for the New York marathon by running outside the Ed Sullivan Theater and appeared in many crazy costumes.

In 2013, he famously pulled up on stage in a Rolls-Royce, holding a dog and dressed as Liberace.

“Murray is not just a fitting last guest because he was Letterman’s first. He’s inextricably bound to Letterman because in many ways they’ve had the same career,” wrote Time TV critic James Poniewozik.

Musician Bob Dylan will also appear on Tuesday night’s broadcast to play the host off. It will be Dylan’s first Late Show appearance in more than 20 years.

According to those in the audience, Dylan sang “The Night We Called It a Day” during the taping.

CBS is keeping a lid on what to expect, on Wednesday, only saying Letterman’s goodbye will include “surprises and memorable highlights”.

And the final Top 10 List, of course.

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