NEW YORK, NEW YORK: David Letterman made an emotional return to “The Late Show.” The legendary presenter, who was at the helm for decades before retiring in 2015, shared the challenges of leaving the job.
“I miss everything. Mostly it’s fun,” he told his successor Stephen Colbert when asked what he misses most.
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David Letterman and Stephen Colbert recreate their 2014 selfie moment
Letterman continued: “Very few things in life give a person this opportunity. And I can’t speak for you or in front of you on this topic, but for me, if you mess something up, after 24 hours you can try again. And it’s a pretty good device.”
The 76-year-old also said that he always wanted to return. “Then when you do something you’re really proud of, you think, ‘Oh my God, let’s do it again!'” he said.
One of the highlights of the performance was when Colbert, circa 2014, showed a selfie he took as a guest with Letterman in the host’s chair and asked the former talk show host if they could recreate it.
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On Monday, November 20, they shared a candid moment when they decided to recreate a moment from 2014. When Stephen was a guest and David was hosting the show, the 59-year-old took a selfie with him.
“That’s great because I was going to ask you if I could take a picture at the table,” Letterman said, adding, “Do you mind?” Colbert replied, “Let’s do it.”
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Returning to the host’s chair, Colbert asked Letterman, “What do you think of my supplies? Is this something similar to what you had down there?
“What? All this weed?” Letterman said jokingly, causing the host and his audience to laugh. “By the way, in my day, I would never have allowed this to happen,” Letterman added. “I’m sorry. Thank you.”
Colbert previously addressed Letterman’s claim that night chairs are “a weird job that a lot of people don’t understand” at other points in the conversation, People reported.
“I’m lucky to have a friend, Jon Stewart, who I can talk to about this strange job, and my friends in Strike Force 5,” he said.
“Did you have anyone when you were sitting in the chair that you could do this with? Someone you could call and just talk about it. Could you call Johnny? [Carson]? Colbert asked.
In response, Letterman said he was “orphaned in the talk show world” although he had “great respect for these guys.”
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