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Comedian Don Rickles Takes a Shot at Jimmy Fallon on Letterman

One of the best late night talk show guests of all time, comedian Don Rickles, is appearing on The Late Show tonight, and in this preview, he shared his thoughts on the changing late night landscape now that David Letterman is retiring.

After explaining that despite his reputation as an insult comic he’s never “mean-spirited” or “angry” and it’s “all in fun,” the 87-year-old Rickles shared his thought on late night in a post-Letterman world.


“I swear to God, you’ve been a wonderful friend,” he told the host. “And it’s a sad thing with Johnny — rest his soul — gone, and you now leaving.”

“Jimmy Kimmel I think is adorable, and I think he’s doing a good job. And Jimmy Fallon’s great,” Rickles said. “I’d be on his show, but I don’t play ping-pong.” When the audience groaned, he said, “Hey, that’s a clever joke, folks!”

Presumably Diane Keaton doesn’t play much ping-pong either, but that didn’t stop her.

Watch video below, via CBS:

[Photo via screengrab]

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