The Simpsons writers paid tribute to Tv veteran David Letterman in the opening credits of the cartoon series' Sunday night (06Apr14) episode in America, just days after he announced his plans to step down as the host of The Late Show in 2015.

In the touching clip, Homer Simpson and his colourful family raced to the Ed Sullivan Theatre in New York to join Letterman on his show.

The animated host was unimpressed when his guests ran up on stage and sat on his couch, stating, "I think we're done here," before prompting his house band to play The Simpsons theme.

After a final shot of Letterman, the screen cut to black and the message "We'll miss you, Dave" appeared.

The Tv favourite announced he was retiring from the show during a taping of his Thursday night (03Apr14) programme.