David Letterman, who has hosted The Late Show since 1993, was not asked about his replacement. He's not bitter. Anymore.
"I always thought Jon Stewart would have been a good choice. And then Stephen. And then I thought, well, maybe this will be a good opportunity to put a black person on, and it would be a good opportunity to put a woman on," Letterman said. "Because there are certainly a lot of very funny women that have television shows everywhere. So that would have made sense to me as well."
Letterman said he would've liked to be consulted, as a courtesy. "But it doesn't bother me now. At the time, I had made the decision [to leave] and I thought, O.K., this is what comes when you make this decision," he said.
The two have chatted when the announcement was made, but he hasn't offered him advice. "He's not a beginner," Letterman said. "He's had pretty good success."
Letterman announced his exit from The Late Show in April of 2014. Just a week later CBS named Colbert as his replacement.
"They didn't have to put much thought to it, did they? I think it was the very next day. [Laughs.] But if you're running the show with Jimmy Fallon, that's a certain dynamic. Jimmy Kimmel, a completely different dynamic," Letterman told The New York Times. "And now Stephen Colbert will add a third, different dynamic to it. I think it will be very interesting to see what he will do."
At the time of his announcement, Colbert praised the outgoing host. "Simply being a guest on David Letterman's show has been a highlight of my career," Colbert said in a statement. "I never dreamed that I would follow in his footsteps, though everyone in late night follows Dave's lead. I'm thrilled and grateful that CBS chose me. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go grind a gap in my front teeth."
Letterman's last Late Show is scheduled for Wednesday, May 20 on CBS.