David Letterman can breathe a sigh of relief. He won’t have to move his show to prime time like Leno, because his late night show is close to being extended.
According to CBS sources, “David Letterman is near a deal to continue reading Top 10 lists on CBS for another three years. The network is about to re-sign the Emmy-winning talk-show personality to continue hosting Late Show until 2011-12.”
Letterman has been part of the CBS lineup since 1982, and has made them a whole lot of money. But he’s said in the past he doesn’t want to host the show for too much longer.
Letterman told Rolling Stone last year, “The way I feel now, I would like to go beyond 2010, not much beyond, but you know, enough to go beyond,” “You always like to be able to excuse yourself on your own terms. If the network is happy with that, great. If they want to make a change in 2010, you know, I’m fine with that, too.”
It doesn’t hurt that Letterman banks about $30 million per year! That’s reason enough to stick around for a few more years!