he’s finally gone. can we all please just forget him?
Nah, I always liked Leno more than Letterman. Lots of Letterman’s stuff was good, but he too often went over to the mean side.
No matter how I tried I have never liked him. Maybe it’s because he always came across like the mean sneering sidekick of the schoolyard bully.
He could have become a hack leftist Senator from a blue rotgut state like NY and stayed in office until he left in the horizontal position. He would have made millions of dollars as well. In any event he slinks off to retirement a very rich man. Boo effin hoo.
Letterman is no different that Chris Christie or John McCain. They started sucking up to the left and lost all credibility.
Leno just "expected it" and seemingly didn't do anything in response to Leno to try and take the chair.
BTW: Letterman's also a world-class prick. About 10 years ago now, my wife and I were guests of Team Rahal at the Indianapolis 500. We were blessed to be given a full package for the weekend which included hotel, meals, admission to pit row before the race, the garages, and the after party because Team Rahal won that year.
As we toured the Team Rahal garage, Letterman was there standing in a corner with a bodyguard next to him. (Bobby Rahal and David Letterman were co-owners of "Team Rahal" and the three cars they had entered that year.)
At one point, my wife leaned over to me and pointing at David Letterman said "There's David Letterman."
Letterman's body guard said to her "don't look at Mr. Letterman."
Excuse me? "Don't look at Mr. Letterman?"
Yup, that's what he said. One of the other couples who was with us also pointed and said "there's David Letterman" to which Letterman's bodyguard told them the same thing.
What kind of PRICK must David Letterman have been to have his bodyguard do such a thing. If the asshole didn't want to be seen, he didn't need to be in the garage.
Must've gotten his jollies over it or something.
Good riddance Letterman.
BTW: Letterman once did his show from Chicago at the Chicago Theater. Wife and I had tickets to go see the show taping and we did.
During the show's taping, Letterman never ONCE acknowledged the crowd once his monologue was done. The "commercial breaks" were filled with Letterman doing nothing but sitting at his desk and sipping water. He never once engaged the crowd past his monologue. It was as if the nearly 2,000 people that fill the Chicago Theater weren't even there.
For the first couple of years of the Bush 43 administration, Leno tried to show a conservative side (or at least a fair side) but I think his wife(s) and friends beat it out of him.
One less lefty in the public eye is a blessing.
This article gives background to all of that.
Good riddance, Letterman.
Someone very, very close to me has written for Letterman for 20 years. Letterman came under the influence of his head writer who was a major left-winger. Letterman banned Obama jokes so the other writers were left stymied. Although the show was a happy camp for many years, the last few years were dreadful according to my source.
Leno was fair minded and mocked everyone. Letterman is a bitter, angry, unfunny leftist.
That’s why Stephen Colbert is the perfect successor.
I never did watch The Tonight Show again after Leno got it. Just never warmed up to him. But I never watched Letterman much either. Neither of them had the class that Johnny Carson did.
That showed me he was nothing without his writers as a crutch. You can watch "funny Letterman" every night on the Conan O'Brien show.
Also, Letterman used to abuse (emotionally and sexually) his female staff workers. Finally, his bit against Bristol Palin . He deserves to be throat-punched.
I think people like Letterman were always mean. Once he became ensconced in his leftist environment, he let it all hang out. I can not see how you can call someone intelligent who thinks the person currently residing in the White House is a decent person. One of the best things about Carson, his show, and his guests, you did not know their politics - which was cool. They were on to either plug their latest project or just to hang out and talk. It was loose and informal. Another thing about Carson - he was one of those individuals who never lost his good looks. The older and nastier Letterman got, the uglier he got.
That is a superb and insightful article. I can relate to, and agree with, every word.
a weird cynical snide libtard hipster midwest ahole...adios mfer the personification of the dumbing of amerika.. hey get your teeth fixed too while youre at it ....
Woods related how he showed up for an audition and was unexpectedly told to sing.
The only song he could come up with was Judy Collins' fey classic, "Both Sides Now."
James Woods. Singing "Both Sides Now." Think about that.
He illustrated in a reedy and warbling voice: ♪♬ "Boooooowwwwwwws annnnnnnd flooooooowwwwws of angel haaaaiiiiiiirrrr...." ♪♬
Woods said that as he left the audition, some guy in the back of the theater told him, "You are one brave woman."
The graciousness with which Orbach agreed to do the reading was impressive.
I used to love Letterman when he was on NBC but he seemed to get less funny the older we both became.