David Letterman hosted a late night talk show for 33 years. To put that in perspective, Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon was eight years old when Letterman first took the seat behind a late night desk.
So after spending more than three decades in the industry, what does Letterman think of the current state of affairs?
“I couldn’t care less about late night television.”
Letterman did a rare TV interview with Tom Brokaw for NBC News’ “On Assignment,” a limited series from Dateline NBC, Entertainment Weekly reports.
The former host seems to be embracing retirement, appearing in public with a full beard and being much more candid in interviews, although he has rarely appeared on television since leaving the Late Show. He did add that the late night scene would do well with a few more female hosts.
“I’m happy for the guys– men and women. There should be more women,” Letterman said.
“I don’t know why they didn’t give my show to a woman,” he added. “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.”
The interview took place in Letterman’s hometown Indianapolis, touted as his “first in-depth interview since leaving his show.”
When asked if he ever misses the spotlight, Letterman said, to his own surprise, he does not.
“You know, I don’t,” he said. “And it’s interesting. I thought for sure I would. And then, the first day of [Stephen Colbert’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.”