NBC today previewed a rare interview with David Letterman, where he gave his thoughts about post-retirement life and the current state of late night.
Speaking with Tom Brokaw, Letterman said that he thought he’d really miss The Late Show at first, but he ended up feeling the weight of the world leave his shoulders after Stephen Colbert took over.
“That’s not my problem anymore, and I’ve kind of felt that way ever since,” said Letterman. “I devoted so much time – to the damage of other aspects of my life. The concentrated, fixated, focusing on that… It’s good now to not have that. I couldn’t care less about late-night television.”
Even though Letterman went on to say he’s happy with the men and women upholding the comedy mantle, he also noted how it’s been a kind of a sausage fest lately. Indeed, Colbert has been dealing with some shakeups as he finds his footing, while Samantha Bee‘s Full Frontal has been well received by viewers.
“There should be more women, and I don’t know why they didn’t give my show to a woman,” Letterman said. “That would have been fine.”
Brokaw asked if Letterman had any say on who he wanted to succeed him, to which he snickered and said, “They didn’t ask me about anything. They were just they were just happy I was going.”
The complete interview will air on Sunday’s On Assignment series from Dateline NBC.
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