David Letterman’s farewell show may have drawn the largest Late Show audience in 21 years, but even those numbers couldn’t stop time. On Thursday, a demoltion crew took apart Letterman’s iconic set at New York’s Ed Sullivan Theater, throwing many of the items into a dumpster.
As the New York Daily News noted, Letterman himself took some memorabilia after Wednesday’s show ended, while certain pieces of furniture were set aside for shipment away from the venue. (It is not known if Letterman’s desk will wind up in the Smithsonian.)
On Instagram, Late Show executive producer Rob Burnett summed up the set deconstruction with two words: “Show business.”