Great Job, Internet!: Read This: David Letterman candidly looks back on his late night career

With CBS’ Late Show leaving the air on May 20 after a 23-year run, David Letterman has entered what could be termed the King Lear phase of his storied, three-decade career in late night television. At 68, the broadcaster who brought his audience Stupid Pet Tricks, Top 10 lists, and Larry “Bud” Melman is leaving the only steady job he has known since the Reagan administration for an as-yet-undetermined future. Now is as good a time as any for introspection and reflection, and Letterman meditates upon his various successes and failures with characteristic candor and sardonic wit in a revealing New York Times interview with Dave Itzkoff.

The interview is a fascinating if melancholy read for Letterman’s fans, as the comedian speaks bluntly about a number of potentially sensitive topics related to his life and career. On his longstanding rivalry with Jay Leno: “People just liked watching his show …

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