#ThanksDave: Jennifer Lawrence, Seth Rogen and more send off Letterman

#ThanksDave: Jennifer Lawrence, Seth Rogen and more send off Letterman
David Letterman appears during the final taping of "Late Show with David Letterman" on Wednesday in New York. (John Paul Filo / CBS)

As David Letterman bade farewell to late-night on Wednesday, celebrities poured their hearts and humor out on social media to send off the "Late Show" host after 33 years in the biz.

Musicians shared their performances, comedians shared their stand-up bits and nearly all of them thanked Letterman for his imprint on television. Even late-night hosts Conan O'Brien and Jimmy Kimmel paid tribute to the veteran during their monologues.

Here's a look at what his fellow comedians, fans and colleagues had to say.

"Veep" star Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who helped deliver the star-studded Top Ten list, called the evening "extraordinary."

Well, that was extraordinary. #thanksdave Late Show with David Letterman #letterman

Posted by Julia Louis-Dreyfus on Wednesday, May 20, 2015

"Community" writer/producer Dan Harmon shared a series of memories, adding that he was "heartbroken" in his 20s when Letterman didn't replace Johnny Carson, so he stopped watching and "went all edgy."

"The Interview" star Seth Rogen shared a heartfelt note from the outgoing host.


Singer Josh Groban insists that he got emotional during the finale strictly due to dust.


Actress Jessica Alba shared a bit from her first experience on the show.


"How I Met Your Mother" alum Cobie Smulders said good-bye with a simple photo and caption.


"Live! With Kelly and Michael" co-host Michael Strahan gave him a send-up.

Thank you for all of the laughs and awkward moments, Dave! Lifting you up to bigger and better things ahead! #ThanksDave @letterman

Posted by Michael Strahan on Wednesday, May 20, 2015


Singer Gwen Stefani shared one of No Doubt's early TV performances.

And one more... ¿#ThanksDave¿ @NoDoubt

A video posted by Gwen Stefani (@gwenstefani) on


Country singer Faith Hill tuned in with husband Tim McGraw.


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"Jane the Virgin" breakout star Gina Rodriguez barely made the cut for appearing on the show.



Country star Darius Rucker shared a Hootie and the Blowfish snapshot from the set.


Actress Rita Wilson shut down his "long national nightmare" opening.


"Today" show co-host Al Roker was touched by the sentimentality of Letterman's final episode.




Comedian Chris Rock dubs himself the new host of "The Late Show." (Sorry, Colbert.)


"Girls" creator Lena Dunham thanked the often-prickly host for boosting her confidence.

Dear Dave- you really know how to make a gal feel like a trillion bucks. Thank you for it all. Love- Lena

A photo posted by Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) on


"Brooklyn 99" star Chelsea Peretti could think of something else she'd rather see end.


Actor-comedian Rob Schneider summed up Letterman's career with one of the show's famous bits.

"The Talk" co-host Julie Chen shared a selfie.


"Hot in Cleveland" star Betty White promised to keep her eyes peeled for Dave.

The Backstreet Boys reposted their Top Ten list.


"Arrested Development" and "The Millers" star Will Arnett reminded people what Letterman did for TV and beyond

"Community" star and "The Soup" host Joel McHale called Letterman his TV father.


"American Idol" judge Harry Connick Jr. made Throwback Thursday come a day early.

Seth Meyers and the "Late Night" crew opened his Tuesday show with a shot-for-shot recreation of the original 1982 opening sequence.


President Obama said that TV wouldn't be the same.


Presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton actually thanked the comedian for pantsuit jokes.


Actress Demi Moore offered up her gymnastics moves.


"Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane shared a memorable "Late Show" moment.


"The Hunger Games" star Jennifer Lawrence pleaded with her pal to stay.

#ThanksDave Late Show with David Letterman

Posted by Jennifer Lawrence on Wednesday, May 20, 2015


Monday guest Tom Hanks asked Letterman to give back his tools.

Tom Hanks takes his final bow on Dave's stage tonight. #ThanksDave

Posted by Late Show with David Letterman on Monday, May 18, 2015


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Comedian Steve Martin quipped about Letterman's future prospects.



Jerry Seinfeld marked his 50th appearance on the show.


Former President Clinton was grateful to be among Letterman's final guests.

End of an era for my friend David Letterman. Happy to be one of the final guests on his last run. –BC #ThanksDave Watch the Late Show with David Letterman tonight to see the full conversation.

Posted by President Bill Clinton on Tuesday, May 12, 2015


Fellow late-night host Jimmy Kimmel, who hosts the competing "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" on ABC, dedicated a tearful monologue to Letterman and shared how the veteran host influenced him.


"Conan" host Conan O'Brien paid tribute in a similar manner.



Actor-comedian Patton Oswalt wrote a touching tribute to the host on Facebook and shared his set list from his sole appearance as a stand-up comedian on "The Late Show."

"So thanks, Dave. I only got to meet you once, when we shook hands after my first and only stand-up set on your show (that's a pic of my setlist, written in my hotel room that afternoon of the taping). You were friendly but distant, but I could tell you wanted me to do well. One comedian to another. And thank you for NEVER putting yourself above the oddness you so clearly delighted in."

David Letterman's last show is Wednesday night. I'm writing this now because I know I'll lose it after watching him talk...

Posted by Patton Oswalt on Tuesday, May 19, 2015



TV Queen Oprah Winfrey teased to her final appearance on Letterman's show.

My last HA HA with Dave tonight. #ThanksDave

Posted by Oprah Winfrey on Friday, May 15, 2015


Daytime host Ellen DeGeneres offered up kind words.


"New Girl" star Zooey Deschanel and "The Mindy Project's" Mindy Kaling kept it simple and just thanked the host.

#thanksDave <3

Posted by Zooey Deschanel on Wednesday, May 20, 2015


Thank you, Dave. Love you. ¿¿

A photo posted by Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) on


Comedian Sarah Silverman said she'd miss the host "something awful."


Comedian Tom Green called Letterman a "revolutionary" and his "hero."

David Letterman was a revolutionary and still one of my biggest heroes. I thank him for all the years he spent making us laugh.

Posted by Tom Green on Tuesday, May 19, 2015


"Will & Grace" alum Sean Hayes thanked the host for "being slow & gentle" when he made his first appearance on the show in 1991.

To my hero, David Letterman: You will be greatly missed in late night. Thanks for being so kind & generous to me over...

Posted by Sean Hayes on Wednesday, May 20, 2015



Comedian Hari Kondabolu mourned Letterman while doing a bit of self-promotion.

I grew up watching The Late Show With David Letterman and getting to do standup on the show last March was one of the...

Posted by Hari Kondabolu on Wednesday, May 20, 2015


The New York Yankees shared a montage of memorable moments on the show.

Our wonderful city won't quite be the same without David Letterman. #ThanksDave

Posted by New York Yankees on Wednesday, May 20, 2015


NBA star Carmelo Anthony lamented the "end of an era."

Tonight is the end of an era. #ThanksDave Late Show with David Letterman

Posted by Carmelo Anthony on Wednesday, May 20, 2015


"Breaking Bad" alum Krysten Ritter wished Letterman a happy retirement.

Happy retirement David @letterman! So honored to have been your guest. Xoxoxo

Posted by Krysten Ritter on Wednesday, May 20, 2015


"2 Broke Girls" star Beth Behrs recalled a memorable dinosaur impression she did for the host and his audience.

Goodbye @letterman. It was such an honor to be a guest on your show and do my velociraptor impression for the world. You will be missed

Posted by Beth Behrs on Wednesday, May 20, 2015


"Billy on the Street" star Billy Eichner commended Letterman for "breaking new ground and remaining a true original for so many years."

Making Letterman laugh meant so much to me. Thanks Dave and everyone at The Late Show with David Letterman for having me...

Posted by Billy Eichner on Wednesday, May 20, 2015


Country band Lady Antebellum looked back on its first performance on the show. Pop band Maroon 5 also shared its 2012 performance.



"Broad City" called Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson's appearance on the show "a lit-er-al dream ."

it was a lit-er-al dream to be on your show Late Show with David Letterman. farewell!!

Posted by Broad City on Wednesday, May 20, 2015


Ventriloquist Jeff Dunham said he was grateful to be part of Letterman's "great history."

Congrats to broadcaster, TV icon, & comedian David Letterman; #ThanksDave for letting me be part of your great history

Posted by Jeff Dunham on Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Comedian Jim Gaffigan said watching Letterman changed his life.


"The Princess Bride" alum Cary Elwes thanks Letterman "for entertaining us with your sheer brilliance."


Longtime executive producer and writer Eric Stangel got a bit nostalgic on Twitter.


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10:36 p.m.: This post has been updated with additional celebrity reactions and observations from the show.

7:37 p.m.: This post has been updated with additional celebrity reactions.

This post was originally published at 6:32 p.m.

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