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.
— Perez Hilton (@PerezHilton) March 23, 2016
— Freedom Fry (@freedomfrymusic) March 23, 2016
Some decried the gawking at Letterman as “beard-shaming.”
Stop 👏 beardshaming 👏 David 👏 Letterman
— Patrick Monahan (@pattymo) March 23, 2016
David Letterman is trending because people are beard-shaming him, cmon man
— Jenna Lupin (@JennaC_MN) March 23, 2016