(NEW YORK) — In a rare on-camera interview, retired talk show legend David Letterman sat down with Tom Brokaw and Dave admitted he now “couldn’t care less” about late night TV.
The chat, filmed over Memorial Day weekend in Letterman’s home town of Indianapolis, Indiana as part as Dateline NBC‘s “On Assignment” series, airs Sunday, June 12 at 7 p.m.
“Do you miss [being on TV] every night?” Brokaw asks the bushy-bearded comedian. “You know, I don’t,” Letterman responded. “And it’s interesting. I thought for sure I would. And then, the first day of [Stephen Colbert’s] show, when he went on the air, an energy left me and I felt like, ‘You know, that’s not my problem anymore.’ And I’ve kind of felt that way ever since.”
Seeming to address some of his personal issues in the past, Dave continued, “I devoted so much time [to TV] 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. I’m happy for the guys — men and women –” Letterman said, before adding, “there should be more women.”
“And I don’t know why they didn’t give my show to a woman. That would have been fine. You know, I’m happy for their success. And they’re doing things I couldn’t do. So that’s great.”
Brokaw asked if Letterman was consulted by CBS about his Late Show successor, and that struck the funnyman as funny. “No. Oh, no,” Dave laughed. “No, they didn’t ask me about anything. They were just they were just happy I was going.”
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