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A Teary-Eyed Jimmy Kimmel Gave David Letterman The Most Touching Tribute

Jimmy has been a fan of Dave's since he was a kid, and it shows.

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In light of the upcoming final episode of Late Show With David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel gave an emotional and moving tribute to his hero on Tuesday night.

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Before he even began, Jimmy got choked up.

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Jimmy told his audience about the nights he would stay up drawing back in high school, and the show that changed his life.

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His mom even made him a "L8 NITE" birthday cake for his 16th birthday.

And yes, he's wearing a David Letterman-style letterman jacket.
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And yes, he's wearing a David Letterman-style letterman jacket.

He even got a L8 NITE vanity plate for his very first car!

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After explaining to the audience why he loved Dave and his show so much, he graciously acknowledged that he owes his career to Dave.

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Through his tears and shaky voice, Jimmy gave his sincere gratitude.

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Jimmy went on to tell his audience that he would be showing a rerun on Wednesday night, opposite the final episode of Late Show, encouraging them to tune in to Dave's last show.

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Just barely holding it together, Jimmy hopes to share Dave's influence with a whole new generation.

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Even Jimmy Kimmel Live's band leader Cleto Escobedo took the opportunity to pay tribute to Late Show's legendary band leader, Paul Shaffer.

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Perfect tribute.

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