SHOCK PHOTO: David Letterman Finally Seen In Public Post Retirement And His Appearance Will Shock You

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David Letterman did quit his job on “The Late Night Show,” well after a quarter of a century, and handed the reins over to Stephen Colbert. New guy Colbert made remarkable changes, such as a Julliard-trained band leader from New Orleans and an amazing domed stage. But, more importantly, what has Letterman  been doing in retirement, since he did the last of his 6,028 shows?

The funny man owns a ranch in northwest Montana, and Brian Schott with the “Whitefish Review” interviewed him via phone as part of the publication’s “Growing Up and Getting Older” series. Letterman told the reporter:

‘I just said to myself then and there—I’m moving to Whitefish. I told my wife last night and she thinks I’m kidding. But why wouldn’t you move to Whitefish?’

Schott offered him a job as an intern at “Whitefish Review,” and Letterman jokingly accepted:

‘I’ll do it. I’ve got nothing but time.’ (laughing)

Toni Payne did a photo matchup of Letterman on Twitter:

So what is it like being retired?

‘…you believe that what you are doing is of great importance and that it is affecting mankind wall-to-wall. And then when you get out of it you realize, oh, well, that wasn’t true at all. (laughter) It was just silliness.’

‘And when that occurred to me, I felt so much better and I realized, jeez, I don’t think I care that much about television anymore. I feel foolish for having been misguided by my own ego for so many years.’

Then Letterman talks about courage and 9-11:

‘I know more about courage now being a father…Pretending to be brave is as good as being brave. And I find myself applying that to my son. And this ties into the idea of growing up.’

Letterman’s ranch is near the Teton River:

‘I’m no good at fishing, but I just like standing in the river. Years and years ago, Michael Keaton was talking about fishing in some publication, he mentioned the joy of putting his son on his back and wading across some river to go fly-fishing. I thought, wow, he’s a lucky man to have experienced that. And then lo and behold years and years later I got to experience the very same thing.’

Letterman talked about humor:

‘You can make jokes at a funeral and that will create a vibration. But it doesn’t take away the grief. But it does something. It alters…I don’t know what it does. If you have the facility to make somebody laugh, I think you ought to go ahead and do it. It’s a nice gesture for somebody.’

Does Letterman miss his show?

‘It’s something for younger men and women to take on. So I haven’t missed it, the way I thought I might. And I do little things here and there to sort of keep me up and moving. But no, I don’t miss it the way¬ I thought—and then I think, holy crap! I’ll be 69 next year and I’ve been doing this for 33 years. What did I want? Like you work until you’re a hundred?’

What are Letterman’s plans about his facial hair?

‘I used to say, every day, “I am so sick and tired of shaving.” I had to shave every day, every day, for 33 years. And even before that when I was working on local TV. And I just thought, the first thing I will do when I am not on TV is stop shaving. And everybody hates it. My wife hates it. My son hates it.’

‘But it’s interesting. I’ve kind of developed a real creepy look with it that I’m sort of enjoying. And I can tell that people are off-put by it. And the more people implore me to shave, the stronger my resolve is to not shave. So the day that I shave, I’ll call you.’

Letterman on growing older:

‘I don’t think of myself as having grown up. I think, like you mentioned, you feel like in your head you are still a certain age. I know I’ve grown old. But I don’t think I’ve grown up.’

‘I think I have achieved a certain level of wisdom, probably not what it ought to be, but in terms of growing up, no, I still like goofing around. I don’t know if I would qualify as a Peter Pan¬, but thanks anyway—I think about having grown old, yes. Grown up, no. No, not at all.’

Watch the video of Letterman and his beard at St. Bart’s below:

Featured Image: Willem van Bergen via Flickr, Creative Commons License.

H/T: Whitefish Review