David Letterman and Paul Shaffer visited The Late Late Show last night, as Regis Philbin manned the guest hosting chair in already-departed Craig Ferguson’s place. A long list of guest hosts – Jim Gaffigan, Judd Apatow, Whitney Cummings, etc. – are filling in before James Corden officially takes over in March. During Letterman’s appearance, Philbin asks Letterman what he’ll do once he leaves hosting duties at Late Show on May 20 after 22 years at Late Show and 33 years of total time hosting on the smallscreen.
“I can’t wait for it to happen because I’m sick and tired of people saying, ‘Well, what are you going to do?’ I have no idea what I’m going to do,” Letterman tells Philbin in a clip captured by Mediaite.
Letterman goes on to cite late actor Paul Newman as a the perfect template for living life inside the Hollywood bubble, citing the Newman’s Own Foundation and explaining that Newman claims he never seriously planned anything. To further drive that point, Letterman, seated next to longtime Late Show bandleader Paul Shaffer, explained, “There’s a guy up in Westchester who says they need a guy to drive a van from Kennedy [Airport] to Rhode Island once a month and I’m going to do that.”
Former Colbert Report host Stephen Colbert will take over Late Show hosting duties on Sept. 8. “I have nine months to make a show, just like a baby. So first, I should find out how you make a baby,” Colbert said earlier this month about moving from Comedy Central to CBS.
During the interview Letterman also expresses how much he’s going to miss Shaffer’s genius and discovering new music. Check out the clip below.