David Letterman: The New Late Show Host Should Have Been A Woman
As Gossip Cop has reported, Letterman will step down from the “Late Show” next month, and Colbert is slated to take his esteemed place. But in a new interview with The New York Times, the veteran candidly sounds off on the future of the series, revealing CBS never consulted him when choosing Colbert as his successor. “Just as a courtesy, maybe somebody would say: ‘You know, we’re kicking around some names. Do you have any thoughts here?'” says Letterman. He insists, however, “But it doesn’t bother me now.”
“At the time, I had made the decision [to leave] and I thought, O.K., this is what comes when you make this decision,” says Letterman. He explains, “Not my show. When we sign off, we’re out of business with CBS.”
But, who would Letterman have preferred to take the reigns after his 23 years at the helm? “I always thought Jon Stewart would have been a good choice. And then Stephen. And then I thought, well, maybe this will be a good opportunity to put a black person on, and it would be a good opportunity to put a woman on,” he says. “Because there are certainly a lot of very funny women that have television shows everywhere. So that would have made sense to me as well.”
Reflecting on the end of his run, Letterman tells the Times he’s “awash in melancholia,” but isn’t feeling much pressure. “I know I can’t do what Jimmy Fallon’s doing. I know I can’t do what Jimmy Kimmel is doing. There’s nothing left to be worried about,” he says. And the host insists his rivals didn’t “push [him] out of the job. “I’m 68. If I was 38, I’d probably still be wanting to do the show,” says Letterman.
He continues, “When Jay [Leno] was on, I felt like Jay and I are contemporaries. Every time he would get a show at 11:30, he would succeed smartly. And so I thought, This is still viable — an older guy in a suit. And then he left, and I suddenly was surrounded by the Jimmys.”
Letterman laughs when told the announcement that Colbert would replace him “came very quickly.” “They didn’t have to put much thought to it, did they? I think it was the very next day,” he says. The TV star says he hasn’t given his replacement any advice. “We chatted when the announcement was made. And that was about it. I don’t think he needs — he’s not a kid. He’s not a beginner. He’s had pretty good success,” he says.
He adds, “I think it will be very interesting to see what he will do.” Letterman’s last episode is slated to air on May 20, and he reveals, “I have decided what I will do, yes. And I know of other things that are being worked on. My only concern is mine. What will I do? And I now know exactly what I will do.”
Colbert isn’t scheduled to make his official debut as the new host on September 8. What do you think of Letterman’s comments about the transition?