Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS(NEW YORK) — David Letterman welcomed his future Late Show successor, Stephen Colbert, onto his CBS program on Tuesday night.
The Colbert Report host said he’s “obviously thrilled” that he will take over the Late Show in 2015. Letterman replied that he is thrilled, too, because CBS execs could have easily hired “another boob like me. But they didn’t. They hired a guy…” Colbert interjected, “They hired a boob like me.” Letterman said, “No, no, no,” but Colbert maintained, “Every boob is like a snowflake, Dave. We’re all unique in our own way.”
Colbert noted that he has a couple of connections to Letterman. He recalled that in 1986, his college girlfriend interviewed for an internship with Letterman’s old NBC program, Late Night. By chance, Colbert landed an interview himself. He was offered an internship, his girlfriend wasn’t, and the “relationship did not last.”
Colbert said he didn’t accept the internship because it didn’t pay. As he declared to Letterman, New York City is “an expensive city!”
About a decade later, Colbert said, the Late Show was seeking new writers, so he and a collaborator submitted material. By the time they heard back, months later, they’d moved on to jobs with the TV show Strangers with Candy, which premiered on Comedy Central in 1999.
However, Colbert revealed a Top Ten List he’d submitted: “Top Ten Cocktails for Santa.” The top items on the list were:
3. “King of the Juice — any available juice, any available liquor, wedge of matzo.”
2. “Jack Frost — equal parts Jack Daniels and snow (seasonal).”
1. “Silent Nighttrain.”
After the interview aired on the East Coast, Colbert tweeted a selfie featuring himself with Letterman that he snapped during their segment. He included the hashtag #boobs.
— Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome) April 23, 2014
CBS announced on April 10 that Colbert will replace Letterman. An exact start date for Colbert hasn’t been announced.
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