After Reports Swirl That Paul Shaffer Might Leave 'Late Show,' Shaffer Says He's Staying Put -- and His Comments Were Misconstrued THR
Paul Shaffer, the longtime sidekick and bandleader to late-night host David Letterman, told The Hollywood Reporter that his comments in an earlier interview were misconstrued and that he has no intention to leave "Late Show with David Letterman."
“In an interview with a reporter, I made two unrelated points which, joined together, seem to say something that isn’t true," Shaffer said. "It’s true that the show was recently extended for two years, and yes, someday when it’s all over, I will most likely take a nap. But I hope that day never comes. As long as the show goes on, I will be there for as long as Dave wants me on it."
As previously reported, Shaffer in an earlier interview was quoted as saying, "We’ve been on 30 years so now we’ve got another two years. … I’m going to be certainly ready to lie down after that, take a nap."
Shaffer earns a reported $5 million a year for his role on the program, THR notes.