When David Letterman retires in 2015, it’ll be Stephen Colbert taking over as host of Late Show, but was there almost a very different person sitting behind that famous desk?
During a recent interview with Howard Stern, actor Neil Patrick Harris revealed that he was approached by CBS bosses Les Moonves and Nina Tassler to potentially become Letterman’s replacement.
NPH, who was wrapping up How I Met Your Mother at the time, says that he considered the possibility, but ultimately decided to turn it down.
“I felt like I knew what my skill set was and what I wanted to do after the show, with them. It surprised me [Moonves] pitched me that idea,” Harris remembers. “I sat for a time with it while I was talking to him, and I told him what concerned me about the longevity of that kind of gig. I think I would get bored of the repetition fast. The structure is so set — I don’t have any interest in doing monologue, commercial, sketch, guest, guest, musical act, good night.”
Currently, Harris is on Broadway playing the title character in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, but can we expect to see him back on CBS in the future?
The multi-talented actor told Stern that he might be interested in doing a variety show with the network, at that the possibility could be on the table someday.
As How I Met Your Dad won’t be premiering on the network like originally planned, we hope to see Neil Patrick Harris back soon, just so we can get our weekly HIMYM fix!
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