Published On: Thu, Apr 30th, 2015

David Letterman Wanted Jon Stewart to Replace Him on Late Show


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David Letterman really wanted Jon Stewart to be his successor, but apparently no one at CBS sought his input on the matter. Meanwhile Stewart is said to have found a new home for his retirement.

In an interview with the New York Times ahead of his signing off from Late Show for the last time next month, Mr. Letterman let it slip that he was not involved in the decision making over who would replace him. This is not surprising given that NBC did not ask Johnny Carson who his replacement as host of The Tonight Show should when he stepped down after 30 years and he was Johnny Carson.

Late Show is, after all, a product which belongs to CBS television. It is theirs to do with what they will, but one would have thought that the network would have at least consulted with Letterman on the matter.

When asked about it David Letterman told the Times, “No. Not my show. When we sign off, we’re out of business with CBS. I always thought Jon Stewart would have been a good choice. And then Stephen.

“And then I thought, well, maybe this will be a good opportunity to put a black person on, and it would be a good opportunity to put a woman on. Because there are certainly a lot of very funny women that have television shows everywhere. So that would have made sense to me as well.”

As for Stewart, he and his wife have reportedly bought a farm in New Jersey where they will take care of mistreated animals in his retirement. Stewart deserves the rest. The man, after all, was forced to keep on working until the really old age of 52.

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