Neil Patrick Harris reveals he was asked about replacing Letterman
TORONTO — Neil Patrick Harris has revealed he was approached about taking over the Late Show once David Letterman retires.
Appearing on The Howard Stern Show, Harris said he met with CBS chair Les Moonves and entertainment chair Nina Tassler to discuss the job.
“[They] asked if it was something I’d be interested in doing,” said the 40-year-old, who is currently starring in Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway.
“In that instance, I felt like I knew what my skill sets were and I kind of knew what it is that I wanted to do after [How I Met Your Mother] so I was surprised he pitched me that idea.”
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Shortly after Letterman announced he was stepping away from the Late Show next year, CBS announced he will be replaced by Stephen Colbert.
Harris said he isn’t interested in doing a late night show.
“I would get bored of the repetition fast, and the structure of it is so set,” he explained. “I don’t have any interest in doing monologue, commercial, sketch, guest, guest, guest, musical act, good night.”
Harris, who earned acclaim for hosting the Tony Awards and Emmy Awards, told Stern he would consider doing a weekly variety show — something he said Moonves was open to.
“If it’s weekly, and people really want to see it, and you trust that there’s a lot of really great s**t on there, then you’re going to get guests to want to come on there,” said Harris.
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