David Letterman to surpass Johnny Carson with new ‘Late Show’ deal
David Letterman is in talks to remain host of the Late Show through 2014. “As would be expected at this time, we’re having conversations with both Dave and Craig [Ferguson] about future years. There are no further details to announce at this time,” said CBS in a statement.
But according to the New York Times, CBS has received the green light to retain key members of Letterman’s staff and that the host, who’s been at CBS since 1993, is looking to extend his deal for another two years. His current contract is due to expire this August.
If a deal is reached, Letterman would surpass the late-night run of his idol, Johnny Carson, who hosted The Tonight Show for 30 years. Letterman began his show on NBC, following Carson’s Tonight Show, back in 1982.
Representatives for Letterman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.