Top 10 memorable quotes from David LettermanLoading
  • Late Show Conan OBrien
    10. "I think the longer we just sit here, the more uncomfortable it will make Jay." - Letterman after sharing awkward silence with Conan O'Brien following the fellow talk show host's mix-up with Jay Leno in 2012.
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  • People-Lady Gaga
    9. "You're going to be sick for weeks. You won't be out of the egg for a month." - Letterman to Lady Gaga after the outlandish pop star put his notes in her mouth during an appearance in 2011
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  • Letterman Extortion
    8. "The creepy stuff was that I have had sex with women who worked for me on this show. Now, my response to that is yes I have. I have had sex with women who worked on this show. Would it be embarrassing if it were made public? Perhaps it would, especially for the women." - Letterman addressing an extortion scandal that led him to bare his infidelities on the show in 2009.
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  • People Letterman Joaquin Phoenix
    7 "Joaquin, I'm sorry you couldn't be here tonight." - Letterman to Joaquin Phoenix after the "Walk the Line" star's bizarre 2009 interview in which he claimed he was dropping acting to become a hip-hop musician.
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    6. "This doesn't smell right. This is not the way a tested hero behaves. Somebody's putting something in his Metamucil." - Letterman after Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain canceled his appearance at the last minute in 2008.
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  • People Paris Hilton
    5 "How'd you like being in jail?" - Letterman to Paris Hilton following her lockup in 2007.
    4. "If you didn't believe it before - and it's easy to understand how you might have been skeptical on this point - if you didn't believe it before, you can absolutely believe it now: New York City is the greatest city in the world." - Letterman during his monologue on his first show back after the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001.
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    2. "While I was gone, I had quintuple bypass surgery on my heart. Plus, I got a haircut." -Letterman during his monologue on his first show after heart surgery in 2000.
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    2. "I can't thank you enough for that." - Letterman after Drew Barrymore flashed her breasts to him on his birthday in 1995.
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  • People Letterman Madonna
    1. "I wanna thank you folks for coming in for this run-through show. Thank you very much. This, of course, will never see the light of day. You won't miss a thing tonight." - Letterman to the audience after Madonna repeatedly cursed during an interview in 1994.
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