Neil Patrick Harris revealed that CBS network bosses asked him to replace David Letterman after he departs The Late Show, but refused
As his long-running sitcom “How I Met Your Mother” ended this year, Harris has revealed he was at the top of the shortlist to take over for Letterman once he leaves his post in 2015.
The revelation was made in an interview with shock jock Howard Stern. NPH admitted he met with CBS chairman and CEO Les Moonves to discuss the the new gig, but ultimately said no because he would “get bored” of the routine nature of a nightly job. He adds: “I don’t have any interest in doing ‘monologue, commercial, sketch, guest, guest musical act, goodnight.”
When he refused, Neil Patrick Harris said Moonves still pursued him, this time to take over for Craig Ferguson, who is also leaving his position on The Late Late Show. He said, “It’s still nightly. You’re still coming up with the same content and now you’re just getting bitter that no one’s watching it.”
Harris did say he would like to do a weekly variety show with the network, if they want, but right now, he’s taking a break from the small screen with his gig on Broadway’s “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” which has earned him his first Tony Award nomination.
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