David Letterman received an exuberant welcome as he made his comeback to the Ed Sullivan Theater on Monday night, appearing as a guest on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” It marked Letterman’s first return since leaving the iconic late-night talk show in 2015.
Cheers and Standing Ovation
The audience enthusiastically greeted Letterman with cheers and a standing ovation, chanting his name as he took the stage. In his signature humor, Letterman humorously asked, “What happened? What are they doing now? Is there going to be trouble? Stephen, control your people.”
Reflecting on Enthusiastic Reception
David Letterman, known for his wit, remarked, “I will say this is the most enthusiastic audience I have been near since the night I announced I was quitting.”
Discussion on Varied Topics: The Late Show
Throughout the show, the former “Late Show” host delved into various topics, including his experience as an empty nester and the notable changes since his time on the program.
Congratulatory Message to Colbert
Addressing Colbert, Letterman extended his congratulations on the success of the show, acknowledging the challenges of late-night hosting. He expressed admiration for how Colbert and his team handle the demanding job, making it look effortless.
Birthday Wishes and Nostalgic Recreation: The Late Show
Letterman took a moment to wish his wife a happy birthday and participated in recreating a selfie taken with Colbert in 2014 when the latter was announced as his successor.
Reflecting on Missed Aspects
The conversation also delved into what Letterman misses about hosting “The Late Show.” He shared, “I miss everything, I mean mostly. It’s fun,” emphasizing the unique opportunity the role provides.
Active Post-Late Show Era
Despite stepping away from traditional late-night hosting, Letterman has remained active with his Netflix talk show, “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction.” The show features in-depth interviews with notable figures, including Billie Eilish, Will Smith, former President Barack Obama, and Volodymyr Zelenskyy.