Regis Philbin is sitting in for Piers Morgan on Tuesday night — and his guest his David Letterman. Toward the end of their chat, Letterman veered into political territory, acknowledging that he’s appeared partisan — but insisted it’s simply about who makes for good material.
Letterman freely acknowledged many see him as a politically partisan figure (indeed, Mediaite’s Andrew Kirell recently pondered, “When Did David Letterman Become Such A Liberal Partisan?“) According to Letterman himself, he isn’t. “I have been guilty of appearing to be playing partisan politics,” Letterman said. “However, I’d just like to say, for the record, I am a registered independent.”
“You go where the material takes you,” Letterman added, citing Bill Clinton as an example. No president, he said, got “hammered” the way Clinton did over the Monica Lewinsky scandal. And then we got George W. Bush, and “our prayers had been answered” because “he’s just as good, in terms of material.”
It may seem like there’s a slant, he said, but hey, a guy throwing a shoe at the president makes for good material. The driving motivation is nothing more serious than who’s “easier to make fun of.” Philbin chimed in, “It’s all about getting the laughs.” Letterman agreed: “You’re desperate,” and when you get a laugh, you can breathe.
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