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During last night’s episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live, a spectacular thing happened. David Letterman—whom Kimmel has unabashedly admired throughout his tenure as an interviewer on the airwaves—finally agreed to an interview. Kimmel introduced Letterman by calling the TV veteran, “The main reason I go into television,” before showing the man some awkward fanboy photos from his youth. Last night’s episode was taped at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York.

It’s amusing to listen to Letterman’s endorsement of Kimmel--which is a pretty smooth move, since Kimmel is moving his show to the 11:30 timeslot on ABC in January. The long-running Nightline will be bumped into Kimmel’s current timeslot, which has been a long time coming. Letterman is 65, and while he should have a few good years left in him, someone’s going to eventually have to take over for the late night program. There are no guarantees, but it’s nice to know, after all this time, Letterman has at least some respect for the younger comedian.

After Letterman famously turned down Kimmel’s request to be his very first guest host on Jimmy Kimmel Live it’s nice to see the rapport they seem to share in the video. There’s a lot to talk about trick-or-treating and Hurricane Sandy, and both are funny enough that the five minute clip goes by way too quickly. You can catch the clip above, or check out the second part of the interview via Jimmy Kimmel Live’s Youtube account.

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