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David Letterman: No Plans Post ‘Late Show’

In a radio interview with television critic (and fellow Indiana native) Eric Deggans, which aired today on NPR’s Morning Edition, longtime late-night-TV host David Letterman discussed his plans—or lack thereof—for life after Late Show when he retires this month.

“When Jay [Leno] left, I realized, oh, yeah, you’ve got to be younger, really, to to do this job. And so, I thought, I don’t want to be the old man left out here, fighting for scraps and crumbs,” said Letterman. “I’m 68. Who the hell is going to say, ‘Let’s get a really old guy in here and see what he can do?’”

Listen to the interview here.

Read IM’s goodbye tribute to David Letterman from the May 2015 issue.


Since first joining Indianapolis Monthly in 2000, West has written about a wide range of subjects including crime, history, arts and entertainment, pop culture, politics, and food. His feature stories have twice been noted in the Best American Sports Writing anthology and have received top honors from the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. “The Collapse,” West’s account of the 2011 Indiana State Fair tragedy, was a 2013 National City and Regional Magazine Awards finalist in the category of Best Reporting. He lives on the near-east side.