David Letterman got serious about his retirement — after a few jokes — during a rare talk show appearance today on "The View," The Hollywood Reporter's Live Feed reports.
"Now I think I've made a terrible mistake," the veteran late-night host said during his appearance on the daytime show. "I don't feel like retiring now. I gotta find something to do. Any openings here?"
But Letterman then got serious and said it was time for him to exit CBS's "Late Show," the report notes. Letterman made the point that the late-night terrain has been changing.
Said Letterman: "Again, this is a reason for me to think about going elsewhere. If you take a look at it, it really has shifted right out from under me, and all to the good. I think the people that are doing these shows now — of course you have your Jimmys and you have your Stephen Colbert, who's following myself. And then you have the junior varsity that goes on after these guys whose names I can never remember, but they're great. It's not a TV show anymore; it's like a marketplace where people can all connect and interact. And I think that's fantastic and that's really keeping up with all the new communication and the electronic media."
Letterman, who rarely does talk shows as a guest, was part of the final week of shows for "The View" veteran Barbara Walters. Today's show also had Jane Fonda on board as a guest co-host.
The report adds: "When asked about those, like Bill O'Reilly, who had voiced doubts about his successor, Stephen Colbert, Letterman said he wasn't aware that people had raised questions about Colbert hosting 'The Late Show.' But he said anyone could do his job."
Said Letterman: "Take a good look at me: I've done this show for 30 years. If I can do it, I'm pretty sure Stephen Colbert can do it."