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In tribute to a comedic genius who has given us the Top 10 list and many other gems, USA TODAY offers our own Top 10 Reasons We'll Miss David Letterman (direct from the home office in McLean, Va.):

10. His rapport with single-name female superstars Cher and Madonna, both of whom were bleeped on his show. (Bonus points for the Oprah feud.)

9. He provided an outlet for poor, put-upon Regis Philbin to vent his many frustrations.

8. His heavily panned performance hosting the Academy Awards ("Oprah, Uma") and a cinematic oeuvre that included a star turn as "Old Salt in Fishing Village" in the Oscar-free Cabin Boy.

7. His exquisitely bitter humor after being passed over for NBC's The Tonight Show. Anyway, Johnny liked him better!

6. His funny, talented bandleader Paul Shaffer, a man who made faux-hipster cool really cool.

5. He could get his guests to reveal themselves on camera — in flasher Drew Barrymore's case, quite literally.

4. His triumphant return after quintuple bypass surgery, including making us tear up and laugh when he thanked his doctors and nurses onstage. ("A double is like having your teeth cleaned — get out of here.")

3. He kept Stupid Pet Tricks and Stupid Human Tricks practitioners off the streets before YouTube was invented.

2. His influence on a generation of adoring comedic followers, including Jon Stewart, Jimmy Kimmel and Conan O'Brien.

And the No. 1 reason we'll miss David Letterman:

His gap-toothed smile brought sexy back.

MORE: Host announces he's retiring in 2015

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