Letterman’s willingness to look as a visitor on different packages, in addition to his conspicuous absence from the present that made him a family title, led some to surprise what was protecting him from returning to his outdated stomping grounds at The Late Present. Some speculated that it could have needed to do along with his response to Colbert being chosen as his successor, only a week after Letterman introduced he was leaving the present.“They didn’t need to put a lot thought to it, did they?” stated Letterman in 2015. “I believe [the announcement] was the very subsequent day.” On prime of that, Colbert rapidly ascended to the highest of the late evening charts, with The Late Present turning into the highest-rated late evening tv present two years after he took over—a distinction that eluded Letterman for many of his tenure behind the desk.
Nonetheless, it was all good vibes between the host and visitor throughout Letterman’s go to. Maybe that’s as a result of Letterman lately appeared on the Strike Drive 5 podcast, which noticed late evening hosts Colbert, Seth Meyers, Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon, and John Oliver be part of forces whereas their reveals had been on hiatus as a result of writers’ strike. On Letterman’s episode, Colbert cleared up how he wound up reserving the The Late Present, saying that producers approached him about doubtlessly changing Letterman in 2013, however that Colbert wished to verify that Letterman knew about their dialog earlier than shifting ahead. Letterman introduced his retirement about six months later, in 2014.
On the podcast, Letterman instructed Colbert that whereas he’d talked to producers about doubtlessly retiring, he by no means had any conversations with them about Colbert or every other potential replacements. “I’m sure that that half didn’t occur,” stated Letterman. Letterman went on to check the scenario to 1 he confronted a long time in the past, when NBC approached him about turning into a part-time host of The Tonight Present with Johnny Carson with out operating the thought by Carson. As soon as he came upon Carson was at midnight, Letterman turned down the gig and, after an notorious battle with Jay Leno to exchange Carson, went on to create The Late Present for CBS in 1993.
However now, any uncomfortable emotions between Letterman and Colbert appear to be water beneath the bridge. Towards the top of the phase, Letterman requested to take a seat behind his desk, for outdated time’s sake. Colbert fortunately obliged. “What do you consider my provides?” Colbert requested. “Was that something such as you had down there?” “What?” Mr. Letterman quipped. “All this weed?”