Distance has given David Letterman some perspective.
In a rare public appearance, the comedian appeared in the season premiere of his friend Norm Macdonald's podcast Monday. Forty minutes into the conversation, Macdonald said he wished there were fewer talk shows. "At one point, there was two shows: The 11:30 p.m. show and the 12:30 a.m. show, Johnny Carson and David Letterman," he said. "Now, there are 100 Johnny Carsons and no David Letterman. I mean, there are 100 11:30 p.m. shows. The shows are indistinct." Letterman interrupted, asking if Macdonald meant they are "all the same template."
"Do whatever you want. I think you are bound by the pressure of who is writing the checks. Don't you think so?" Letterman asked. "I mean, good Lord—how do you get away with this?"