David Letterman Admits His Career Mistake: My Late Show Tenure Was Long Overdue
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The former 'Late Show' host on CBS says he should have left television 10 years ago, because he didn't have 'energy to direct toward other things.'

AceShowbiz - Serving as the host of CBS' "Late Show" for more than two decades, David Letterman admitted that he overstayed his welcome. Sitting down with Ellen DeGeneres in the Thursday, March 21 episode of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show", the former late-night talk show host opened up about his career mistake.

"Here's the mistake I made, I stayed on television way too long...," he stated. DeGeneres disagreed, "That's not true." He stood firmly on his opinion, replying, "Yes it is true, and I'll tell you what happened." He shared, "It turns out nobody had the guts to fire me. And I should have left like ten years ago."

The veteran comedian thinks he should have left television earlier because at the time he didn't have energy to pursue other things besides his main job. "You want to make sure you have some energy to direct toward other things. Now, you - nothing but energy - are doing other things while you're on television, so that's great. I did not," he explained. "All I cared about was myself. And then the show was gone, and so I had to realize, 'Oh, I've been lookin' through the wrong end of the telescope.' There is more to life than, 'So, tell me about your pet beaver.' "

Leaving the CBS show in 2015, Letterman is now hosting a less time-consuming talk show on Netflix, which allows him to devote his time to other things, like working with Habitat for Humanity. The organization's goal to to help rebuild communities ravaged by natural disasters.

To raise money for the organization, the 71-year-old participated in a game of Burning Questions, where he revealed what he would ask President Donald Trump should he have a chance to interview him again. "I knew President Trump. I'm disappointed in his administration," Letterman said, to which the audience gave an applause. "I would say to him, 'Don, why are you such a putz?' "

DeGeneres will appear in the second season of Letterman's "My Next Guest Needs No Introduction".

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