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Paul Shaffer Admits ‘Late Show’ Will End One Day

Submitted by on October 15, 2012 – 2:00 pm Comments

Recently Paul Shaffer, Letterman’s partner in crime on the ‘Late Show’, admitted that the show might eventually come to an end. “We’ve been on 30 years so now we’ve got another two years [under contract],” he says. (Shaffer is 62; Letterman is 65.) “I’m going to be certainly ready to lie down after that, take a nap.” Does it mean the show might come to an end after 2 years? Well, only time can tell. But, going by the age both are at, neither can be called young; therefore it isn’t surprising for Shaffer to thing about retirement.

“Life is nutty,” he says, and “anything can happen.” Shaffer is busy being as ambiguous as ever, but fans of the show might already be having nightmares, at what Shaffer is suggesting. The show has been around for ages. Before he began hosting the ‘Later Show’ on CBS, Letterman was the host of Late Night with David Letterman on NBC. Paul a Canadian-American, who is a musician, actor, voice actor, author, comedian, and composer, has been David Letterman’s sidekick since 1982.

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Shaffer has also appeared in a number of motion pictures over the years, including a small role in Rob Reiner’s ‘This is Spinal Tap’,’ Blues Brothers 2000’, a scene with Miles Davis in the Bill Murray film ‘Scrooged’ and as a passenger in John Travolta’s taxicab in ‘Look Who’s Talking Too’. In addition, Shaffer lent his voice to Disney’s animated feature and television series ‘Hercules’, as the character Hermes. Therefore it can clearly be seen that, Paul has kept himself busy even otherwise, besides being an integral part of the ‘Late Show’.

But, his main job since 1982, has been serving as musical director for David Letterman’s late night talk shows as leader of “The World’s Most Dangerous Band” for ‘Late Night with David Letterman’ on NBC, for which he also composed the theme song, and as leader of the CBS Orchestra for the ‘Late Show with David Letterman’ on CBS. Shaffer has also guest-hosted the show a few times when Letterman was unavailable, including during Letterman’s January 2000 medical leave for quintuple heart bypass surgery, and during the birth of Letterman’s son Harry in November 2003.

Nigel Owen

Nigel is a graduate from Birmingham University, Nigel has worked for about 8 years in the banking industry, until one day he discovered his passion for writing. It basically gives him the opportunity to enlighten himself about subjects and things that he normally might not come across.

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