Neil Patrick Harris: I TURNED DOWN Both David Letterman’s Job AND Late Late Show

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Neil Patrick Harris says he turned down both the “Late Show” and the “Late Late Show.”


In an interview with Howard Stern on Wednesday, the actor reveals CBS approached him to replace David Letterman — and when he declined, offered him Craig Ferguson’s job.

But Harris explains he rejected both offers because he didn’t want to get “bored.”

“I don’t have any interest in doing ‘monologue, commercial, sketch, guest, guest musical act, goodnight,'” he tells Stern.

Of the “Late Late Show” slot, Harris lamented, “It’s still nightly. You’re still coming up with the same content and now you’re just getting bitter that no one’s watching it.”

The “How I Met Your Mother” star and awards host didn’t say whether he was approached before or after Stephen Colbert, who accepted Letterman’s chair last month.

But Harris did confess he has since pitched a variety show concept.

“I think if it’s weekly and people really want to see it – and you trust that there’s a lot of really great sh*t on there – then you’re going to get the guests to want to come on your thing,” he explains.

Harris appeared on Letterman’s “Late Show” last month.

Listen to the interview below, and tell us what you think.

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