Entries in Late Show with David Letterman (12)


Michelle Obama Presents Top Ten List on "Late Show"

Alex Wong/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The first lady just can't get enough of David Letterman.

Last week, Michelle Obama dropped by CBS' Late Show with David Letterman to discuss the election season and her "Let's Move!" nutrition and fitness campaign.  She returned to the program on Wednesday night, appearing via satellite from the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., to present a top ten list.

Mrs. Obama read the "Top Ten Reasons to Watch the Democratic National Convention."  She joked that there would be "no Kiss Cam," recalling a moment at a basketball game in July when she and President Obama initially refused to smooch while featured on a Kiss Cam.

Number two on the list: "Joe Biden says it will be a big you-know-what deal," alluding to the vice president using the "F" word in range of an open mic a few years ago after health care legislation was passed.

The number-one reason delivered by the first lady: "At long last, I'll reveal who I'm voting for."

Here is the top ten list, in reverse order:

10. "Spoiler alert: the Democrats will nominate Barack Obama."
9. "It's like having a crowded convention center right in your own living room."
8. "You don't have to be a Democrat to enjoy balloons."
7. "Finally, you get to see some coverage of the presidential campaign."
6. "As a healthy alternative, we're using low-fat confetti."
5.  "If you were appearing at a national political convention, I'd watch."
4. "There will be no Kiss Cam."
3. "It's gotta be better than what you're watching now."
2. "Joe Biden says it will be a big you-know-what deal."
1. "At long last, I'll reveal who I'm voting for."

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Alec Baldwin Tells David Letterman He Did Not Punch Photographer

FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Alec Baldwin insists he did not punch a New York Daily News photographer while picking up a marriage license in Manhattan earlier this week.

The 30 Rock star commented on his altercation with photographer Marcus Santos during an appearance on CBS' Late Show with David Letterman on Wednesday.  Baldwin, claiming it was not his first run-in with the photographer, said he pushed Santos out of the way because, he alleged, Santos almost hit him in the face with the camera.

Baldwin maintained that he did not punch Santos, joking, "Had I punched him, I'd be in jail, then I would've pressed charges against him for assault, then we'd both be in the jail cell together, and then you don't want to know what would happen in the jail cell if we were together in the jail cell."

Baldwin also complained that unlike in past decades, Hollywood studios try to make money off of actors' failures.

Baldwin occasionally mixed in humor throughout the interview; he pulled down his pants while explaining how much weight he's lost, and David Letterman followed suit.

After he taped his Late Show appearance, Baldwin walked the red carpet of the premiere for his new movie, Woody Allen's To Rome with Love.

He told reporters, "There's a different part of the press, what I would call the illegitimate press, who, they have made an appointment for me that I wasn't aware of, and they come jumping out of the bushes to remind me about it.  And that's a problem."

The attorney who represents Santos says his client met with New York prosecutors and detectives Wednesday morning and that they are taking the case "very seriously."

Attorney Sanford Rubenstein also said, "Mr. Baldwin should be held criminally accountable for what he did.  There were witnesses, they are cooperating with the district attorney's office, as well as photos.  Pictures of the truth."

Baldwin obtained a marriage license for his impending nuptials with fiancée Hilaria Thomas.

According to the New York Daily News, Baldwin on Wednesday ran over the foot of an Inside Edition reporter while on a mountain bike.  He allegedly hit a Daily News reporter and photographer with the bike's handlebars, too.

Baldwin later tweeted, "I am told I ran over someone's foot on my bike today. I think it was that person who placed their foot under the wheel of my bike."

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Conan O'Brien to Appear on David Letterman's Show Next Week

Michael Tran/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- David Letterman will welcome his one-time Late Night replacement, Conan O'Brien, onto his CBS program next week.

O'Brien, who hosts his own late-night show on TBS, will drop by CBS' Late Show with David Letterman on Thursday, May 17.  This will be the first time he's appeared on the Late Show since 1999.

O'Brien replaced Letterman as the host of NBC's Late Night in 1993.  He hosted Late Night until 2009, then had a brief, ill-fated run as host of The Tonight Show.

Jimmy Fallon is the current host of Late Night.

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Keith Olbermann on Current TV Firing: 'I Screwed Up'

Jason Kempin/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- In his first high profile appearance since being fired from Current TV, Keith Olbermann visited The Late Show with David Letterman Tuesday and admitted, "I screwed up."

Olbermann then seemed to back away from taking the blame for his departure, drawing an analogy between himself and Current TV by saying, "You know, if you buy a $10 million chandelier, you should have a house to put it in.  Just walking around with a $10 million chandelier isn’t going to do anybody a lot of good, and it’s not going to do any good to the chandelier."

Letterman quipped in response, "You're the chandelier?"

Olbermann had signed a five-year, $50 million contract to host the show Countdown on Current TV, former Vice President Al Gore's ratings-challenged cable channel.  Olbermann told Letterman he knew "as early as...last July" that he wanted out of Current TV. 

Taking another shot at the stuggling cable channel, Olbermann said, "I was never even sure it was actually on television."

Olbermann also said it's now up to the courts to see what happens with the rest of his contract.  "The nice judge will decide whether or not I get more of my money," he said.

Letterman poked fun of Olbermann's famous career flame-outs by presenting him with a business card in which he can spin a wheel and select what company appears near his name, including Olbermann's former employers ESPN, MSNBC, and now Current TV.

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"Hunger Games" Star Jennifer Lawrence Talks Fans, Insecurities

Kevin Winter/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Jennifer Lawrence, the Oscar nominated actress and star of the upcoming film The Hunger Games, is quickly learning what it's like to be a part of a global phenomenon.

On Tuesday's The Late Show with David Letterman, she explained that although she thinks she's "a troll," and hates to see herself on screen, she knows there are legions of Hunger Games fans who scream -- and sometimes faint -- at the sight of her, thanks to her playing Katniss Everdeen, the lead heroine in the movie adaptation of Suzanne Collins' book series.

Lawrence told Letterman that of all the fans she's met, her "personal favorites are the ones who are in decked out, head to toe, Hunger Games Katniss gear...and then they get in line, and they...just kind of go into shock, and they look miserable...Won't look at me, won't talk to me, and if it weren't for their full gear, I would think they hated me...But you know they just worked themselves up...And then they get in line and they just shut off."

The Winter's Bone Oscar nominee said her family is "having fun" with her fame, and her brothers -- who used to beat her up -- now provide useful services like threatening to "throw skateboards" at paparazzi, or dispensing advice on how she can beat the nerves she faces on the red carpet.

"Do shots! Do shots!" she said they told her.

The Hunger Games, which also stars Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemswort, and Stanley Tucci, hits theaters on Friday.

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David Letterman Celebrates 30th Anniversary as Late-Night Host

Ray Tamarra/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- On Wednesday's edition of CBS' Late Show, David Letterman commemorated a TV milestone: his 30th anniversary as a late-night host.

He joked in his monologue that he continues to work in TV, "because I've seen Regis in retirement," referring to his pal Regis Philbin, who left his daytime talk show last fall -- and who appeared on the Late Show to help Dave celebrate.  Letterman then said his goal moving forward is to keeping doing the Late Show "until it gets sad."

Letterman's top-10 list also alluded to his milestone: "Top Ten Things Staffers Would Like to Say to Dave on his 30th Anniversary in Late Night." Stage manager Biff Henderson, who has worked with Letterman since 1980 and makes frequent appearances on Late Show, told the host, "One of these days, we'll figure out how to kill you and make it look like an accident."

Producer Jude Brennan delivered one of the handful of jokes on the list that contained an expletive.  She told Letterman, "I will not be berated this way.  Go f*** yourself."

Band leader Paul Shaffer ended the segment with another profane joke: "I got nothing to say to that [bleep]."

Letterman's late-night run began on Feb. 1, 1982, when he launched Late Night with David Letterman on NBC.  He's hosted CBS' Late Show since 1993.

Current Late Night host Jimmy Fallon paid tribute to Letterman on his show, which was taped in Letterman's boyhood home of Indianapolis.  Fallon said he was proud to continue the tradition and thanked Letterman on behalf of his staff for "giving us all jobs."

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Wednesday Marks David Letterman's 30th Anniversary as Late-Night Host

Ray Tamarra/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Wednesday marks a major milestone in David Letterman's career.  He will reach his 30th anniversary as a late-night host.

Letterman began his run on Feb. 1, 1982, when he launched Late Night with David Letterman on NBC.  On that program, he introduced popular segments such as "Stupid Pet Tricks" and his "Top Ten" lists.

After Johnny Carson announced in 1991 that he would retire the following year, Letterman was passed over for The Tonight Show job in favor of Jay Leno.  The decision eventually resulted in Letterman leaving NBC for CBS, on which he started the Late Show in 1993.

The Indianapolis native began his entertainment career in the 1970s when he moved to Los Angeles and became a stand-up comic, comedy writer and bit actor.  Letterman actually began his career as a late-night host in the late 1970s when he filled in for Carson on The Tonight Show.  NBC gave Letterman his own daytime talk show in June 1980, but it was canceled four months later due to poor ratings.  The network kept Letterman under contract and gave him a shot at late night two years later.

The New York Times reported last month that Letterman was closing in on a deal to extend his stint on the CBS Late Show until 2014.

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Report: David Letterman Close to New Contract with CBS

Ray Tamarra/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- David Letterman is closing in on a deal to continue his run on CBS' late-night schedule until 2014, according to The New York Times.  An executive involved with the negotiations tells the newspaper that a deal is "very close."

Letterman's current contract ends in August. He launched CBS' Late Show in 1993 after spending over a decade with NBC.

According to Variety, CBS has also engaged in contract talks with its other late-night host, Craig Ferguson.  The New York Times, citing an executive in the know, reports there is a possibility Ferguson may decide to leave his program. He has hosted the Late Late Show since 2005.

Letterman's production company, Worldwide Pants, produces both the Late Show and the Late Late Show.

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David Letterman Jokes about Online Threat on 'Late Show'

Ray Tamarra/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- In his first show after returning from vacation to CBS' Late Show on Monday, David Letterman squeezed a few jokes out of the apparent threat on his life issued on a jihadist website.

Letterman quipped at the start of the show that the audience would serve as his "human shield."  He added that he'd spoken with a network executive backstage and "We were going through the CBS life insurance policy to see if I was covered for jihad."

Letterman then explained, "A guy, a radical extremist, threatened to cut my tongue out.  I wish I had a nickel for every time a guy has threatened [that]...I think the first time was during the Academy Awards."  Letterman famously fell flat with critics as host of the 1995 Oscars telecast.

Letterman further joked that the State Department was investigating who posted the threat, but, he said, "everybody knows it's [Jay] Leno."

The threat even inspired the night's top ten list: "Top Ten Thoughts That Went Through My Mind After Hearing About the Threat."  Among the items on the list: "How can someone be so angry at a time when Kim Kardashian is so happy?"  Kardashian got married last weekend.

Last week, the SITE Intelligence Group reported that a contributor to the jihadist website, apparently outraged over a joke made by Letterman on his show about the death of an Osama bin Laden lieutenant, encouraged others to "cut the tongue of the lowly Jew."  Incidentally, Letterman is not Jewish.

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Donald Trump to David Letterman: You're Fired, Too

Mike Stobe/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Donald Trump can cross another celebrity off his holiday card list.

Trump is firing back at David Letterman after the Late Show host said on the air that the Apprentice star's pursuit of President Obama's birth certificate has started to "smack of racism."

According to The New York Post, Trump canceled an upcoming appearance on Letterman's show with a letter that read, "I was disappointed to hear the statements...that I was a 'racist.'  In actuality, nothing could be further from the truth and there is nobody who is less of a racist than Donald Trump.  Based upon your statements, and despite the fact that we have always done so well together, especially in your ratings, I am canceling my May 18 appearance on your show."

The real estate mogul and potential presidential candidate continued, "Please inform your staff that I will likewise not do the 'Top Ten' list that they had been trying to set up."

Trump, whose recent questioning of Obama's birthplace and college grades has earned him criticism from celebrities like Robert De Niro and Jerry Seinfeld, said he'd only appear on The Late Show again if Dave is "ready to apologize."

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