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08/01/1993 NBC offers "Tonight Show" to David Letterman

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Letterman News Conference-1993

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David Letterman 8 - Dave Discusses Conan, Leno & NBC

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David Letterman Reveals His True Feelings about Jay Leno Hosting Tonight Show, Johnny Carson 1991

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Jay Leno on David Letterman - @OpieRadio @JimNorton @JayLeno

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David Letterman Last Show on NBC Part 1

In 1992, Johnny Carson retired, and many fans believed that Letterman would become the host of The Tonight Show. When NBC instead gave the job to Jay Leno, Letterman departed NBC to host his own late-night show on CBS, opposite The Tonight Show. It was called the Late Show with David Letterman.