Less than four weeks after stepping down as host of CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” the late-night fixture gave an interview to Indianapolis Monthly in which he named two of the many guests he had on the show who gave him the most jitters leading up to the interviews.
“Warren Zevon was on years ago, and we all knew he was dying,” Letterman told the publication. “I was at a loss because I couldn’t think of an entry point for a conversation with a dying man on a television show that’s supposed to be silly. ‘How are you doing? You look great!’ doesn’t exactly work. I was really dissatisfied with my part of that conversation. I was ill-equipped to connect with a friend who was going through something like that.”
The other guest he cited was President Bill Clinton.
“The first time Bill Clinton was on the show, I was a little anxious for totally different reasons,” Letterman said. “Of course, what I learned about Bill was that you don’t even need to be in the studio for that interview. He’ll take care of it.”