Former CBS “Late Show” host David Letterman has some harsh words for current host Stephen Colbert: “I don’t know why they didn’t give my show to a woman.”
In an interview with Tom Brokaw to air in full on Sunday on NBC’s “On Assignment,” Letterman said that he doesn’t miss being on CBS every night.
When asked if he missed hosting the show, Letterman said, “You know, I don’t. And it’s interesting. I thought for sure I would. And then, the first day of Stephen’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.”
“I devoted so much time [to the show] to the damage of other aspects of my life,” Letterman said. “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. And I don’t know why they didn’t give my show to a woman. That would have been fine.”
Regarding Colbert’s show, Letterman said, “You know, I’m happy for their success. And they’re doing things I couldn’t do. So that’s great.”
According to Entertainment Weekly, Colbert’s show has been “struggling in the ratings.”
Letterman said that he didn’t have any input on who replaced him as the “Late Show” host, adding, “They were just they were just happy I was going.”