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What Will Really Tarnish David Letterman's Legacy?

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A big New York Times story on the ratings declines of late-night network variety shows says, of David Letterman, that "some of his biggest advocates have suggested that it might be time for him to consider stepping away before his legacy is tarnished" by bad ratings, the worst he's ever seen. Not mentioned in the piece: That whole sex-with-subordinates thing, which surely kept that legacy shining bright.


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In my mind, he's never been funny, just rude. He also gives off a creepy, leering old man vibe. I've never understood his appeal and can only hope others are (exceedingly belatedly) catching on.