David Letterman is officially retired, but his 33-year career as host of The Late Show didn’t end without a bang. A legion of famous fans took to social media to lament his departure and share their love for the TV icon.
Jennifer Lawrence was among the A-Listers who sent a message to David, sharing a photo of herself holding up a handwritten note on Facebook urging him not to leave the Late Show.
“Don't do this!” reads the handwritten note. “No one is sick of you it's all in your head.”
Reese Witherspoon also told David he would be missed, and shared a photo of herself blowing a kiss at her dressing room door from an appearance on the show.
The talk show host even earned praise from President Barack Obama, who tweeted a photo from an interview with David, writing: “TV won't be the same without Dave.”
TV won't be the same without Dave. pic.twitter.com/9q5NHTf3b5— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) May 20, 2015
Meanwhile Jessica Alba took to Instagram to share a series of clips of her appearances on the programme throughout her career.
“My very first time on @letterman,” she captioned one video. “I will never forget how comfortable you made me feel – I was SOOOOOOO nervous!! #thanksdave for all of the amazing memories and laughs!”
Kim Kardashian is one of many celebrity guests to appear on the Late Show in recent years, and she told David he will be "greatly missed" in an Instagram post on Wednesday night.
After a talk show career spanning over 30 years, David Letterman has amassed a multitude of famous friends, many of whom came to pay their support in the audience for his final broadcast.
Tina Fey, Steve Martin and Chris Rock all participated in Wednesday's show, which overran by some 15 minutes. Meanwhile Alec Baldwin, his pregnant wife Hilaria and their daughter Carmen were all seen arriving at the television studios.
The programme closed with one final performance from Foo Fighters – David's favourite band. They tweeted a picture of themselves on set, writing: "Final time on this stage…#ThanksDave @Letterman."