David Letterman may be a few years removed from the world of traditional late-night talk shows, but that doesn’t mean he can’t still throw in his two cents about the current state of our crumbling democracy. In an upcoming interview with Today, Letterman, in full guy-just-whittling-by-the-crick cosplay, discusses the high caliber of late-night hosts currently working and gives his thoughts on Donald Trump, who took office a year after the Late Show was handed off to Stephen Colbert. As you can imagine, Letterman, no fan of the president, is just as cranky as ever.
“As an American, I don’t like this man as a president of our country,” he says. “I love being an American but I don’t feel he represents me. But I’m sick and tired of everybody wringing their hands about this…Let’s just settle it in the next election. Let’s just stop yakking about what a goon he is.” The fact that David Letterman—a man who no longer has to sit behind a desk every night and riff on the day’s top stories—is tired of talking about Donald Trump really makes you feel for the men and women still working TV’s late shift.
When asked how he would handle the Trump presidency were he still on the air, the supremely self-aware Letterman admits that he would be “really inelegant” and probably say something for which he’d have to apologize. We’d just like to remind Mr. Letterman that, since he’s no longer on network TV, he won’t have to apologize to anyone.
The full interview will air on Today this Sunday.
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