David Letterman, who defined a certain kind of comedy on The Late Show and whose post-Late Show beard has redefined the word "retirement," has really and fully checked out of the rat race. In an interview with Tom Brokaw, which will air on NBC on June 12, Letterman maintains that he doesn't miss being on late-night TV. "It's interesting," Letterman said. "I thought for sure I would. And then, the first day of Stephen's show when he went on the air — an energy left me and I felt like, 'You know, that's not my problem anymore.'" Letterman added that he's devoted his free time to other aspects of his life. "I couldn't care less about late-night television," he said. "I'm happy for the guys — men and women — there should be more women. And I don't know why they didn't give my show to a woman. That would have been fine." Letterman clarified that CBS didn't ask for input on his replacement, which ended up being Stephen Colbert, who has struggled in the ratings. "No, they didn’t ask me about anything," he said. "They were just ... they were just happy I was going.”
Most Watched on Vulture
Most Viewed Stories
Futurama’s Writers Reveal Six Hidden Jokes You Probably Missed
A Simple Guide to Westworld’s Multiple Timelines
Anderson Cooper Rejected Andy Cohen Because Cohen Quickly Broke a ‘Cardinal Rule’
What’s New on Netflix: December 2016
The Gilmore Girls Cast on the Backlash to Rory and Lorelai, and Their Memories of Edward Herrmann
Elisabeth Moss Leaves Peggy Olson Behind in the First Look at Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale
The Highs and Lows of Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life
Leah Remini Lectures 50 Cent About the Prudence of Anilingus on Watch What Happens Live
Latest News from VultureLose Yourself in the Eternity of the Gyllenhall
You will not know how to quit it.Jackie’s Screenwriter Walks Us Through the Stories That Inspired the Movie’s Best Scenes
"I'm not a rapper."Pete Holmes and Judd Apatow Talk Crashing, Comedy in Trump’s America, and Sex Jokes
"The show is a tip of the hat to suffering."The New Office Christmas Party Trailer Suggests You Party So Hard This Holiday Season, You Spiral Off Into the Void
*drinks eggnog while driving off a bridge*We Played Entertainment Trivia With Logan Paul and Peyton List
A clear winner emerged.Pusha T on Donald Trump’s Win: Racism Is ‘No Longer Hidden’
He was at Hillary Clinton's headquarters the night she lost.8 Actors Who Flubbed Their Coen Brothers Auditions
Can you imagine Winona Ryder in The Hudsucker Proxy?Beyoncé’s Lemonade Included in Sight & Sound’s Best Films of 2016
Lemonade is declared a movie, and one of 2016’s best.The Hamilton Mixtape Both Reinterprets and Reinvigorates Its Source Soundtrack
The collection is both a no-brainer and a rarity in rap.
Even though the line "I love beauty" never ended up in the film.Kate Nash Rallies Green Day, Radiohead, Sia, and More for Open Letter Protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline
It's addressed to President Obama, the Department of Justice, and the Army Corps of Engineers.Joseph Gordon-Levitt Had No Idea Who Edward Snowden Was Until He Played Him
“Which one is he?”Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Channels the Spice Girls With a Song About Friendship, Rosé, and Violent Government Coups
"Friendtopia" is ideal, but still terrifying.Luke Bryan Doesn’t Quite Apologize for Hitting a Heckler During a Performance
He's very sorry-not-sorry.Chris Pratt Is Cropping J.Law Out of All His Photos, and Honestly, How Dare He?
We thought you were the nice Hollywood Chris, Chris!Amazon Axes Good Girls Revolt, Another Show That Wasn’t Mad Men
Good Girls gone bad.Which Rapper Is J. Cole Talking About on His Scathing New Songs?
Kanye, Lil Yachty, or himself?The CW Superhero Crossover Was a Huge Success, So Brace Yourself for More
Despite spotty execution, the CW’s four-part bonanza scored massive ratings.Rogue One Is Showing That Veteran Directors Still Matter
The increasing involvement of Tony Gilroy is a point in favor of experience.