How did Letterman celebrate 30 years in late night?
February 2nd, 2012
12:15 PM ET

How did Letterman celebrate 30 years in late night?

With three decades on late night under his belt, David Letterman opted to celebrate the occasion by bringing on an old friend: Howard Stern.

The New York Times noted ahead of Wednesday's show that the host was going to keep it casual. After a few jokes in his opening monologue - what keeps him going night after night is "Lipitor and vodka," it turns out - his staff took the opportunity to roast the veteran host during the Top 10.

(Among the top things his staff wanted to say to Letterman on his 30th anniversary included, "You're incompetent," and, "I stopped watching in 1992.")

When Stern joined, Letterman brought out the photo of his first appearance in 1984 - and pointed out that he's gotten so much better looking over the years.

"Back then," Stern told him, "the fact that you asked me to be on a national TV show was mind-blowing to me."

And look at them now: 28 years later, Stern told Letterman, he's still loyal to him.

"I'm going to work for NBC on 'America's Got Talent' [as a judge] and they sat down with me and had a big meeting about promoting the show. They said, 'Listen, you'll do the 'Today' show, and of course you'll do Jay Leno. And I shot 'em a look and I said, 'You know I'm a Letterman guy?' Here's loyalty: I'm probably the only idiot in show business who picks sides in late night wars, but I'm true to it."

Even though Letterman seems to be losing interest in the feud, Stern appeared content to stay on the front lines.

Have you been as loyal as Stern in the past 30 years? If so, the NYT has some good news: Word has it that a deal for Letterman to stick around for another two years at CBS is expected to wrap soon.

Filed under: David Letterman • Late Night comedy • television

soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Mercyme

    Would rather see Jack Hanna bring zoo animals on Late Night Show for real laughs.

    February 2, 2012 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Rena

    He should have been fired for boffing interns. His wife should have shot him.

    February 2, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Steve

    This article is really inaccurate. Dave is celebrating 30 years overall in late night television, not the Late Show, which has been on CBS since 1993 (19 years). The previous 11 years were Late Night, which was on NBC. Howard's first appearance was on Late Night, not Late Show.

    February 2, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banilla

    and maybe snacks on d oo d oo

    February 2, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banilla

    I think he is a liberal stooge that is sweet on tracie.

    February 2, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  6. trisha

    He was ok up until about 1994. After that he has just been a smart alek. And a d oo d oo head.

    February 2, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  7. trisha

    I watched it and was pretty disappointed. I heard he might drink a big tall d iarreah milkshake during the show.

    February 2, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Observer

    Stern is a liberal stooge. Just sayin.

    February 2, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • moon627

      he may be a stooge but at least he's funny – Letterman has never been funny but he makes a good talk show host

      February 2, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • CPF

      Your opinion is as juvenile as it is empty. Just sayin.

      February 2, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |

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