Jimmy Fallon pays tribute to David Letterman: ‘I will miss him’ – watch

Letterman hosts the 'Late Show' for the last ever time tomorrow night (May 20)

Jimmy Fallon has paid tribute to David Letterman in his final week hosting the Late Show.

Letterman will present the CBS talk show for the last ever time tomorrow night (May 20), having announced in April 2014 that he would be retiring this year. His 33-year stint fronting Late Show With David Letterman and its predecessor Late Night With David Letterman makes him the longest-serving late-night talk show host in TV history.

Fallon, who has hosted rival talk show The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on NBC since February 2014, devoted five minutes of his episode last night (May 18) to hail Letterman as a major influence. “This show, what late night has become, is a result of [David Letterman] playing with the genre and exploring,” Fallon said. “I, like every kid who grew up watching him, will miss him.”

Meanwhile, fellow talk show host Jimmy Kimmel has confirmed that he will not be presenting an episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live! on ABC tomorrow tonight in honour of Letterman’s departure. “I have too much respect for Dave to do anything that would distract viewers from watching his final show,” he explained.

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Letterman has previously revealed that his final guest on the Late Show will be the same as his first, Bill Murray. The Lost In Translation actor will be interviewed by Letterman for the 44th time in 33 years tomorrow night.