Photo: You Won’t Believe This Is Actually David Letterman

March 23, 2016 Updated: March 24, 2016

It’s been almost a year since David Letterman retired from hosting his late-night talk show. He’s grown a sprawling beard since then, making his face nearly unrecognizable to former fans of the show. 

Photos of Letterman on a morning run surfaced on social media, inviting gentle mockery at the man’s visual transformation

Letterman’s appearance drew comparison from Santa Claus to the Unabomber. 

Some decried the gawking at Letterman as “beard-shaming.”