- “Dateline: On Assignment”/NBC
David Letterman has truly moved on from his former career in late-night television.
In his first TV interview since retiring in May 2015, the former “Late Show” host said that he doesn’t look back at his old job at all.
“I thought for sure I would,” Letterman told Tom Brokaw on NBC’s “Dateline: On Assignment” when asked if he misses the late-night show. “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.”
“I devoted so much time [to my career] to the damage of other aspects of my life,” he told Brokaw. “The concentrated, fixated, focusing on that, it’s good now to not have that. I couldn’t care less about late-night television.”
As for his replacement, Letterman said that CBS didn’t include him on those discussions. If it had, then it sounds as if he would’ve advocated for a bold move for late night.
“I’m happy for the guys, men and women. There should be more women,” he said. “And I don’t know why they didn’t give my show to a woman. 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 full interview will air on “Dateline: On Assignment” this Sunday at 7 p.m. on NBC.
Watch the excerpt from the interview below: