David Letterman: The benchmark ‘monologue’

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As David Letterman prepares to depart network television, here’s a look back at the most emotional moment of his late-night career.

It was just 8 days after the horrific attack of 9/11, and David Letterman was back on the air, seated at his desk, and in somber but heartfelt tones, delivered what is probably the benchmark “monologue” of his television career.

As Dave eloquently stated about his reason to return to work:

“Very early on, after the attacks, how strange it sounds to invoke that phrase ‘after the attacks’ … Mayor Guiliani encouraged us and here lately implores us to go back to our lives, go on living, continue to make New York City the place that it should be. … If you didn’t believe it before, and it’s easy to understand how you might have been skeptical on this point, you can absolutely believe it now, New York City is the greatest city in the world.”

His guest that night? Regis Philbin. Might “Rege” be his final guest Tuesday night?

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