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Posted Tuesday 7/10/18 at 1:20PM EDT
Howard Stern's "Evil Dave Letterman" dies
For more than a decade and a half, Stern had Dave VanDam use his David Letterman-sounding voice to make offensive and sometimes racist prank calls. It was unclear if "Evil" Dave ever met the actual Letterman, but the shock jock would tease the real Dave about the prank calls during appearances on The Late Show. VanDam died on July 3 at age 63.
Posted Thursday 7/05/18 at 8:54PM EDT
Michael Ian Black received a "nice note" from David Letterman when Ed wrapped
Letterman's Worldwide Pants produced the hour-long NBC small-town drama that ran from 2000 to 2004 and starred Black along with Tom Cavanagh, Julie Bowen and Justin Long.
Posted Thursday 5/31/18 at 7:16AM EDT
Howard Stern and David Letterman recalled their spat in final My Next Guest Needs No Introduction episode of the season
The shock jock has been appearing on Letterman's talks shows since 1984. Those appearances turned into an off-air friendship in the 1990s -- that is, until Stern would reveal their private conversations on air. Even though Stern kept appearing visiting Letterman's show, he didn't formally apologize until 2011 during a Late Show visit. "I've apologized to a lot of people. And I'll tell you why. I think I did a lot of growing up," Stern told Letterman. "And I do attribute this to psychotherapy. I was just a young man full of rage. Through psychotherapy I started to fall in love with life a little bit. I started to appreciate what was good. … one of those things was my relationship with you. I could appreciate what you had done for me. I had betrayed your trust, and I was ashamed. The reality was I loved you, and I really felt strongly about you." ALSO: Stern reveals Donald Trump asked him to speak at the Republican National Convention.
Posted Friday 5/25/18 at 10:33AM EDT
David Letterman's Netflix show should be retitled "Dave Letterman’s Cavalcade Of Liberal Guilt"
My Next Guest Needs No Introduction is more interested in "dutiful rich-guy piety" over entertainment, says Neal Pollack. "Half of his George Clooney 'interview' gets spent discussing Amal Clooney’s human-rights work, and a visit to Clooney’s boyhood home turns into a condescending and strange segment where Letterman goes driving with an Iraqi refugee," he says. "Suddenly, at this heavily-bearded stage in his career, Letterman feels like he must make up for a lifetime spent hosting Stupid Pet Tricks, reading Top 10 lists, flirting with Sarah Jessica Parker, and sucking on Jennifer Aniston’s hair. Instead, he talks to Malala about girls’ education in developing countries and lets everyone know that he thinks racism is bad."
Posted Thursday 5/24/18 at 2:03PM EDT
David Letterman "gifts" Seth Meyers a tick
“I got something for you, buddy,” said Letterman, before pulling out a Ziplock bag and giving his Late Night successor a tick.
Posted Thursday 5/24/18 at 4:10AM EDT
David Letterman to Seth Meyers: "Your show is nothing like my show"
Letterman, returning to the Late Night show that he hosted from 1982 to 1993, told Meyers: "My show was lumpy and viscous. And your show is crisp and smart and contemporary." When Meyers asked Dave if he'd be covering Trump if he still had a daily show, Letterman said: "I tell you, after watching the opening of your show, there would be no point in doing it, because you have it covered."
Posted Monday 5/21/18 at 1:08PM EDT
Howard Stern recalls to Letterman the time Donald Trump rated his daughter Ivanka a "10"
Netflix has released a preview of the shock jock as the sixth and final guest on the first season of Letterman's My Next Guest Needs No introduction. Stern's episode will be released on May 31.
Posted Tuesday 5/15/18 at 1:10PM EDT
David Letterman to visit Late Night with Seth Meyers for the first time
Letterman's May 23 visit to his old stomping grounds will mark his second appearance on late-night TV since retiring three years ago. He previously appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last fall. "It's Dave's show and we are just borrowing it," tweeted Late Night producer Mike Shoemaker.
Posted Monday 5/14/18 at 11:28PM EDT
Former Late Night writer: David Letterman's explanation for not hiring women was a "master class in distortion"
Letterman co-created his NBC Late Night show with a woman, his then-girlfriend Merrill Markoe, who served as the original head writer and was responsible for many of its innovations. Yet in 33 years as a late-night host, he mostly avoided bringing in female writers. Nell Scovell, who became the second female Late Night writer when she was hired in its ninth season, dissects Letterman's recent explanation to Tina Fey on My Next Guest Needs No Introduction on his lack of women writers, and finds a straw-man argument, scapegoating, obfuscation and nonsense. Scovell, the author of a recent book on her experience as a female TV writer, writes: "After creating a straw-man argument that women just weren’t interested in working on an award-winning TV show, Letterman sets out to further absolve himself of guilt." Scovell also contacted Markoe, asking why "she may have slipped Letterman’s mind." Markoe wrote back, “Because we were having sex, maybe he remembers me as an intern.”
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Posted Tuesday 5/08/18 at 9:08PM EDT
David Letterman: I should've retired from late-night 10 years ago
In his Netflix Emmys For Your Consideration conversation with Jerry Seinfeld, Letterman expressed regret with not leaving his Late Show earlier. “When you’re in show business, it’s so self-consuming and so egomaniacal that you only look at a very small focus, which is yourself,” Letterman said. “If you have the ability and the energy to do that, you should do it. But don’t do it as long as I did. I did it too long. I should have left 10 years ago, because then I could have taken some of that energy and focus and applied it to actually doing something good for humans.”
Posted Tuesday 5/08/18 at 1:23PM EDT
David Letterman praises Michelle Wolf's White House Correspondents' Dinner performance in a chat with Jerry Seinfeld
"I really had great admiration for the fact that she was able to just walk into that room and decimate the place," Letterman said in conversation at a Netflix For Your Consideration Emmy event promoting Letterman's My Next Guest Needs No Introduction and Seinfeld''s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. "So I saw the complete script of what she had done. The more I got to thinking about it, I thought 'Wow, that was great,'" Letterman told Seinfeld. "Because, just, whatever the reaction — there's no damage. And she had the guts to stand up there and didn't apologize, where everybody is now apologizing for everything." Seinfeld admitted he didn't "know" Wolf, but he had heard of her. "Everybody talks about how dedicated — that she's out every night working on her stuff and those are the kind of people I really like," he said.
Posted Friday 5/04/18 at 1:53PM EDT
Tina Fey calls out David Letterman's lack of female writers on his late-night shows
On the new episode of My Next Guest Needs No Introduction, Letterman acknowledged the criticism that he lacked females in his late-night writers' rooms. Letterman said people would ask "why don’t you have women writers? And the best I could come up with was ‘I don’t know.’ I didn’t know why there weren’t women writers. There was no policy against women writers. I always thought, ‘Well, geez, if I was a woman I’m not sure if I would want to write on my nickel-and-dime, dog-and-pony show anyway because we’re on at 12:30.” Fey responded: “Yeah, well, we do want to write on it, though," which resulted in cheers from the audience. “That is my ignorance, and I feel bad for that,” Letterman replied. Meanwhile, former Late Night with David Letterman writer Nell Scovell tweeted that all five of Letterman's Netflix executive producers are male. ALSO: Fey tells Letterman she regrets her much-criticized SNL Charlottesville sketch.
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Posted Wednesday 5/02/18 at 10:57PM EDT
David Letterman returns to Ball State University to discuss creating an "ongoing, immersive learning experience" from his donated late-night items
On Wednesday, Letterman met with students in his alma matar's Emerging Media Design and Development program, who are tasked with figuring out how to display the more than 1,000 items Letterman has donated from his talk show past.
Posted Monday 4/30/18 at 8:42PM EDT
Tina Fey teaches David Letterman improv in one of two My Next Guest episodes coming to Netflix in May
Netflix initially announced that My Next Guest Needs No Introduction would be a monthly event. But the first season will wrap by the end of May, with Fey's episode set for this Friday, May 4, and Howard Stern's episode dropping on Thursday, May 31.
Posted Thursday 4/26/18 at 5:09PM EDT
David Letterman to interview Jerry Seinfeld at a Netflix Emmys event
The My Next Guest Needs No Introduction host and Seinfeld last chatted before a non-Late Show audience in at the Paley Center in 2014. They'll chat again on May 7 in Hollywood.