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Letterman, CBS sign 'Late Show' deal through 2015

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  • Talk show host has been on late-night TV since 1982
  • He moved from NBC to CBS in 1993
  • Letterman: "I needed a little more time to fully run the show into the ground"

David Letterman will remain on late-night TV at least through 2015, CBS announced Friday.

Letterman characteristically cracked wise about his new deal with CBS President and CEO Les Moonves.

"Les and I had a lengthy discussion, and we both agreed that I needed a little more time to fully run the show into the ground," Letterman said in a CBS news release.

Letterman debuted his late-night show on NBC on February 1, 1982, making comical top 10 lists and "stupid pet tricks" part of pop culture.

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He moved to CBS and "The Late Show with David Letterman" on Aug 30, 1993.