After David Letterman's big retirement announcement yesterday, everyone got their opinions out there about what the retirement means for late night shows overall and who should takeover his position, and this wasn't limited to people who are simply fans of The Late Show. Seth Meyers spoke about David Letterman's retirement on Late Night Thursday and it was touching not only because Seth Meyers' earnestness flows out of the screen and directly into your heart, but because Late Night used to be Letterman's show.
In the segment, Meyers talks about how he grew up watching Letterman and would try to memorize Top Ten lists with his friends. Before Letterman started his 20 year run hosting The Late Show, Letterman spent 11 years hosting Late Night. Meyers is in complete awe that he gets to host the show that was once Letterman's and says, "There are a lot of things I can't believe about the fact that I get to do this job, but the thing that I truly can't believe more than any of the others is the fact that Late Night — this was David Letterman's show. And if it wasn't for David Letterman, this show wouldn't exist. And if it wasn't for David Letterman, I wouldn't be here."
Meyers goes to on talk about how, when he found out he was taking over the show from Jimmy Fallon, Letterman suggested he change the name back to The Tomorrow Show, a title the time slot used in the 1970s and early 80s. Meyers says, "He's probably right. The Tomorrow Show is probably the better name, but the reason I would never call this anything but Late Night is because David Letterman did Late Night and it's incredible to be part of that legacy."
Check out Seth Meyer's thoughts on Letterman for yourself below.