Late Night Beginnings…And Cancellations
After guest hosting for Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show, he was given his own morning show by 1980. The David Letterman Show won two Emmy Awards and was well received by critics, but due to low ratings was eventually canceled.
Because of his success as a talk show host, NBC still kept Letterman under contract and would end up giving him his own time slot. On February 1, 1982, Late Night With David Letterman premiered with Bill Murray as the first guest. For the 1980s, the show was viewed as edgy and unpredictable, featuring genre-mocking skits like “Stupid Human Tricks.”