The comedian, a mainstay of the talk-show scene, is retiring after three decades in the spotlight.
A self-deprecating perfectionist, David Letterman, 65, had this to say about being award the Kennedy Center Honors: “I’m thrilled for my family. . . . I’m looking forward to it. But please. . . . I want people to understand: I know it’s not right.” John P. Filo/AP