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Later that year, Letterman was a cast member on Mary Tyler Moore's variety show, Mary.His dry, sarcastic humor caught the attention of scouts for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, and Letterman was soon a regular guest on the show.Letterman became a favorite of Carson and was a regular guest host for the show beginning in 1978.Letterman credits Carson as the person who influenced his career the most.For Letterman's arrival, CBS spent But while the expectation was that Letterman would retain his unique style and sense of humor with the move, Late Show was not an exact replica of his old NBC program.Recognizing the more formal mood (and wider audience) of his new time slot and studio, Letterman eschewed his trademark blazer with khaki pants and white wrestling shoes wardrobe combination in favor of expensive shoes, tailored suits and light-colored socks. Paul Shaffer and the World's Most Dangerous Band followed Letterman to CBS, but they added a brass section and were rebranded the CBS Orchestra as a short monologue and a small band were mandated by Carson while Letterman occupied the slot.
Letterman began his career as a radio talk show host on WNTS (AM) and on Indianapolis television station WLWI (which changed its call sign to WTHR in 1976) as an anchor and weatherman.
In 2000, he told an interviewer for Esquire that, while growing up, he admired his father's ability to tell jokes and be the life of the party.
Harry Joseph Letterman survived a heart attack at age 36, when David was a young boy.
Letterman cited an incident in which he devoured two entire pints of ice cream in the middle of the night, standing before his open freezer, and Oprah admitted that, “For me, it was a sleeve of Oreos.” Letterman and Oprah famously feuded for decades, reportedly due to Letterman once tricking Oprah into paying his lunch tab at a resort, but resolved their differences in the early 2000s.
Oprah was previously asked if she enjoyed marijuana on “Watch What Happens Live” by host Andy Cohen in 2013, at which point she also claimed to have given up smoking in the late 80s.