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David Letterman reveals the real reason he's retiring on Friday's show

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Legendary late-night talk show host David Letterman, who announced he would be retiring in 2015 during Thursday’s show, addressed Friday night during his Late Show monologue the real reason he would be hanging up his hat: makeup.

“Dave, there’s really nothing more I can do,” he said, quoting his longtime makeup artist Jane — who he joked had a pretty “lousy job.” He also joked about his future prospects, saying that a year from now, “I will be on a beach with a metal detector.”

To see what CBS Corp. President and CEO Les Moonves said to Dave when he called with the news, and to watch comedian Billy Crystal weep during his entrance, watch the clip below:

Watch the full episode Friday night at 11:35 p.m. ET on CBS.