David Letterman doesn’t miss late-night television at all — as a matter of fact, he “couldn’t care less about” it, the former “Late Show” host told Tom Brokaw during a recent sitdown interview. Also, Letterman thinks CBS should have given his show to a woman.
“I thought for sure I would,” Letterman responded when asked if he misses the series. “And then, the first day of Stephen’s [Colbert] 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.”
“I devoted so much time to the damage of other aspects of my life,” Letterman continued. “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. There should be more women,” he added. “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.”
Later, Brokaw asked if CBS consulted Letterman about who should replace him.
“No. Oh, no. No, they didn’t ask me about anything,” the now-bearded comic said. “They were just — they were just happy I was going.”
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The full “Dateline: On Assignment” interview airs Sunday, June 12 at 7/6c on NBC.