Bill O’Reilly Was One of David Letterman’s Favorite Guests

By Chris Ariens 

David Letterman sat down for an interview with Vulture, about life after the Late Show, and what matters most to him these days.

Letterman talks about the current state of late night TV, even though he admits he doesn’t watch the shows, and about how they “have an obligation” to take on Trump. He also admits, “If you want to see adversarial conversation, you have cable-news channels all day long.” And there was this:

It was clear that as The Late Show went on, you were more interested in the conversations than the comedy. What sort of guests were you most excited by?
Bill O’Reilly — before he became standard talk-show fare. All I knew about him was that his ideology seemed counter to mine. My premise with him was that “You’re too smart to believe the things you’re saying. Aren’t you just playing the part of the right-wing buffoon?” For a long time, I used to think that was true. I always liked having folks on that were not the mainstream.

Have you and Jay [Leno] been in touch at all since you left The Late Show?
No. I’m assuming I will bump into him before we die.

Read the whole thing, and relish in Dave’s experience buying shoelaces and going for cheeseburgers with his 13-year-old son.