David Letterman received a long round of applause upon his grand return to the Ed Sullivan Theatre, home of The last show. The former late-night talk show host returned to his old stomping ground to a standing ovation from the audience, including his successor Stephen Colbert.
“Ladies and gentlemen, my guest tonight certainly needs no introduction,” Colbert said when introducing Letterman. “Please welcome back to the Ed Sullivan Theater – Mr. David Letterman.”
When Letterman walked onto the set, the crowd cheered and cheered as the comedian soaked up all the love from the audience.
“Wow! How about that?” Letterman said as the audience continued to applaud him.
When the audience began chanting Letterman’s first name, the comedian asked Colbert, “What happened? What are you doing now?”
The crowd got even louder and Letterman said, “Is there going to be trouble?”
At one point, Letterman glanced at his watch after his extended welcome. When Letterman sat down, he asked Colbert to “control his people.”
It was Letterman’s first time returning to the CBS late-night show since leaving in May 2015 after 23 years. Since his departure, Letterman has presented a series of interviews on Netflix entitled My next guest needs no introduction.
Watch Letterman’s entrance in the video posted below.