Letterman wasn’t Consulted on CBS’ Stephen Colbert Pick: ‘I Always Thought Jon Stewart would have been a Good Choice’

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Letterman wasn’t consulted on CBS’ Stephen Colbert pick: “I always thought Jon Stewart would have been a good choice,” then Colbert
In a wide-ranging interview with the New York Times, David Letterman says he’s not leaving late-night because Kimmel and Fallon pushed him out. He’s retiring because he’s 68. Letterman also says he had nothing to do with the picking of his successor. “No,” he says. “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.” Did that bother him? “Yeah, I guess so,” he says. “Just as a courtesy, maybe somebody would say: ‘You know, we’re kicking around some names. Do you have any thoughts here?’ But it doesn’t bother me now.” PLUS: Letterman says CBS should’ve fired him for his sex scandal.

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