Since leaving The Late Show, David Letterman has dedicated himself to such worthy pursuits as making peace with his legacy, saving the world from climate change, and embracing a facial-hair aesthetic somewhere between lovable Santa and horror-movie Santa. Why has the wisecracking host committed to such grandiose follicle feats? “I just got tired of shaving every day, but then it became something else, and I’m not quite sure what it became,” Letterman told the New York Times. The report continues:
In his dry Midwestern delivery, tinged with a new and unaccustomed element of wistfulness, he said: “The beard is a good reminder to me that that was a different life. I’m hopeful that I will either find something else, or something else will be presented to me.”
He added: “My family has given up on the beard. My son thinks it’s creepy.”
Thank you, Harry Letterman, a hero willing to speak truth to power.