In the empire of The Late Show, few names resonate as strongly as David Letterman’s. Known for his witty humour and laid-back style, Letterman’s talk show persona charmed millions of viewers for decades. However, a recent revelation has left many fans puzzled and intrigued – was there more to David Letterman’s character than in real life?

For years, fans relished David Letterman’s humour, quirky interviews, and effortless charm on his iconic talk show. Yet, a surprising twist emerged when Richard Simmons, the ebullient fitness guru, disclosed an unexpected side to Letterman. Off-camera, the host’s warmth seemingly turned to ice, leaving Richard Simmons and other guests taken aback by the visible contrast.

Was David Letterman’s Cool Just for the Cameras?

Old pictures David Letterman
Old pictures David Letterman

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Delving into the disparity between David Letterman‘s on-camera and off-camera behavior, a pertinent question arises – Was his friendly behavior just for the spotlight? Richard Simmons’ account of feeling dismissed and unseen after the cameras stopped rolling raises eyebrows. This leads us to ponder whether other talk show hosts also exhibit such intriguing dual personalities.

David letterman
David letterman

Richard Simmons recalls a bad incident that revealed David Letterman’s real behavior in front of his fans. He said the host was always very friendly with him on camera. But this time when he got a chance to talk to him, he was shocked by the encounter. He said: 

“The last time I was on, we went to commercial and I was like, ‘I’d love to meet your wife!’ He was like, ‘You never will.’ And then I was like, ‘And see your son!’ And he was like, ‘You’ll never see him.’ And then we come back from the commercial and he’s all friendly with me again. You think I’m kidding, but I’m not making this up.”

This encounter revealed David Letterman’s arrogant behaviour off camera which surprised his fans.

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Does David Letterman behave the same with everyone?

Meryl Streep in The late show
Meryl Streep in The late show

Richard Simmons’ encounter may be emphasizing more on the host’s strong behavior, but he too has a heart of gold for the guest he admires.

One backstage incident that David Letterman himself brings up during a talk with James Franco reveals that he is not a great fan of Harmony Korine.

He recalls: “I went upstairs to greet Meryl Streep and welcome her to the show, and I knocked on the door … and she was not in there,” he said. “And I looked around, and she was not in there, and I found Harmony going through her purse. True story. And so I said: ‘That’s it, put her things back in her bag and then get out.”

This incident caused Harmony Korine being banned from the show unofficially, but notice his gerenous behaviour towards his favourite guests like Meryl Streep.

This incident shows David Letterman has a flip side too, he has favorite celebs whom he admires.

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In the end, the revelation of David Letterman’s surprising on-camera and off-camera contrast serves as a reminder that, behind the glamour of the talk show stage, lies a hanging of human emotions, vulnerabilities, and intricacies waiting to be explored.

Source: The Things

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