David Letterman is doing more than growing that crazy-man-living-in-a-cabin beard during his retirement from late-night television.
In a new interview with the New York Times, pegged to his episode of Years of Living Dangerously airing Oct. 30 on the National Geographic Channel, he talked about life after the Late Show With David Letterman, which went off the air in May 2015. It turns out that the man who was engaged in late-night wars with Jay Leno for years doesn’t miss it and is actually “embarrassed” that he spent so much time focused on the show.
Here’s what the 69-year-old funnyman says he’s up to now that he’s no longer tied to 9-to-5ing…
1. Growing the beard. The thing first made headlines during his St. Barts jog and it’s taken on a life of its own. He now describes the facial hair as “a good reminder to me that that was a different life.” Letterman added that his family (he’s married to Regina Lasko and they have a son Harry) has “given up” on the beard. His son “thinks it’s creepy.”
2. Shopping in Target. There isn’t a superstore that Letterman, who splits his time between residences in NYC and Westchester (though still has his sprawling Montana estate), doesn’t like, apparently. He’s also shopped at CVS and Walgreens, according to the story. He even got to visit Target on a weekday afternoon! “I’m the guy who holds up lines because he always thinks he has the correct change. ‘How much was that? I think I may have the 87 cents,’” he explained. How cool would it be to see him in line though?
3. He also rides the commuter train. The article says he can “appreciate the quotidian activities he’s rarely engaged in since the 1980s,” including “riding the train into Grand Central Terminal.” Suspiciously though, there is only one Twitter sighting we could find of Letterman on Metro-North and it was posted in 2014 (before he retired), so we are skeptical.
4. Dogging Trump. In another recent article with the NYT as well as at the New Yorker Festival, Letterman trashed the Republican presidential candidate, calling him “damaged” and “a person to be shunned.”
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