End of an era

Letterman says CBS had chance to replace him with a “very funny” woman

In three weeks, David Letterman will leave his CBS Late Show and most likely, late-night TV for good. As part of his long goodbye to late-night network TV, the 68-year-old comic revealed in a candid interview with The New York Times that CBS execs never consulted him to weigh in on a successor. Letterman, who’s wrapping up 22 years at CBS and a storied 33-year career in late-night TV, said the the Tiffany Network had “a good opportunity to put a black person on, and it would be a good opportunity to put a woman on. Because there are certainly a lot of very funny women that have television shows everywhere.” He even said he thought Jon Stewart would’ve been a wise choice to succeed him, but, alas, CBS never sought his input. Of course, Stephen Colbert ended up landing the top job and, as Letterman noted, the CBS brass “didn’t have to put much thought to it.” Missed opportunity for CBS? Letterman didn’t go so far as to say that, but it sure looks like it.
Read the full story at The New York Times.

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