Neil Patrick Harris Was Offered a Late Night Gig on CBS
We’ve all gotten used to the idea of Stephen Colbert replacing David Letterman on “Late Show,” but new reports reveal that the current setup wasn’t always the original plan.
During an interview with Howard Stern, Neil Patrick Harris revealed that Les Moonves (Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CBS Corporation) approached him about taking over a late-night slot, but Neil turned him down.
"[Moonves and CBS entertainment chairman Nina Tassler] called me in and sat me down and asked if [Late Show] was something I'd be interested in doing," Harris says.
"In that instance, I felt like I knew what my skill sets were and I kind of knew what it is that I wanted to do after [How I Met Your Mother] … so I was surprised he pitched me that idea," Patrick explained.
Neil added that he wasn’t interested in either late night spot, saying, "I think I would get bored of the repetition fast, and the structure of it is so set. I don't have any interest in doing monologue, commercial, sketch, guest, guest, guest, musical act, good night."
"I liked this weekly variety thing," he says. "I think if it's weekly, and people really want to see it, and you trust that there's a lot of really great shit on there, then you're gonna get the guests to want to come on there — a weekly thing you'd have more time to prep for stuff, you could pre-tape stuff that would be really exciting, you could flesh it out more."