David Letterman, Noted Promoter of Women: 'I Don’t Know Why They Didn’t Give My Show to a Woman'

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If it was up to David Letterman, there would be a woman hosting CBS’ The Late Show right now instead of Stephen Colbert. So he suggests.


As part of an NBC News interview with Tom Brokaw that airs this coming Sunday, Letterman shared his post-Late Show feelings about no longer appearing in our living rooms every night. He says of the first time he saw Colbert take over his desk, “When he went on the air, an energy left me and I felt like, ‘You know, that’s not my problem anymore.’ I devoted so much time, to the damage of other aspects of my life. The concentrated, fixated, focusing on that…it’s good now to not have that.”

What’s more interesting is that Letterman, whose show was notoriously not full of women and who now doesn’t have the executive power to enact such change, thinks late-night television needs more women, which is true.


He says he would’ve much rather seen a woman take over his late-night spot after his retirement. “I’m happy for the guys—men and women—there should be more women,” Letterman told Brokaw. “And I don’t know why they didn’t give my show to a woman. That would have been fine.” Yes, that’s a thing that could have happened, thanks for saying it.

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Colbert is a gift to us all. Replace some of the less worthy with women.

Also, my heart is broken because Roseanne just essentially endorsed Donald Trump.