With a name synonymous with late night television, David Letterman spent his last show on 20 May conveying his gratitude and taking in copious amounts of humble pie. With guests Foo Fighters, Steve Martin, Peyton Manning, Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, Tina Fey and Jim Carrey at the final taping, the inimitable host ended his late night reign.

We've done over 6,000 shows, and I was here for most of them. And I can tell you a pretty high percentage of those shows just absolutely sucked. Also, in light of all this praise - merited or not - do me a favour, save a little for my funeral.

Letterman took a bow with his signature self-deprecating humour, including anecdotes on how he and musician Paul Shaffer first entered the then rat-infested studio, as well as highlights on the people who've changed his life — including a camera zoom-in of his 11-year old son, Harry, who was a picture of blushing awkwardness.

See his final thank you and good night message below.