“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.