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David Letterman exuded his signature self-deprecation as a guest on Thursday’s episode of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”
The host of Netflix’s “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction”called his new gig “great.” The former late night host also gave credit to his current employer explaining “the Netflix people have been very generous to let an old man anywhere near their building.”
Letterman, 71, who was at the “Late Show” helm from 1993-2015 said he overstayed his welcome.
“Here’s the mistake I made, I stayed on television way too long…” he began, before DeGeneres objected, “That’s not true.”
“Yes it is true, and I’ll tell you what happened,” he said, standing his ground. “It turns out nobody had the guts to fire me. And I should have left like ten years ago.
“You want to make sure you have some energy to direct toward other things. Now, you – nothing but energy – are doing other things while you’re on television, so that’s great. I did not,” he continued. “All I cared about was myself. And then the show was gone, and so I had to realize, ‘Oh, I’ve been lookin’ through the wrong end of the telescope.’ There is more to life than, ‘So, tell me about your pet beaver.’ ”
As DeGeneres pointed out, Letterman’s new show is less of a commitment, which gives him time to devote to other things – like working with Habitat for Humanity.
To raise money for the organization, the funnyman participated in a game of Burning Questions where he revealed he favors peanut butter and Worcestershire sandwiches and what he would ask in another interview with President Donald Trump. (The commander-in-chief appeared on “Late Show” more than two dozen times, according to IMDb.)
“I knew President Trump. I’m disappointed in his administration,” Letterman said to applause. “I would say to him, ‘Don, why are you such a putz?’ “
DeGeneres will appear on the second season of “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction.”
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