Stephen Colbert revealed during his interview on "The Late Show" on Tuesday, April 22, that he almost worked for host David Letterman when he was younger. Check out a video from his interview below.
Colbert, who was announced as Letterman's "Late Show" replacement earlier this month, explained that back in 1986, when he was in college and Letterman was hosting "Late Night with David Letterman" on NBC, his girlfriend at the time had a chance to interview for an internship on Letterman's NBC show.
While his unnamed girlfriend was being interviewed, Colbert was waiting in the hallway for her when someone asked him if he was the next person to be interviewed.
"I said, 'No, my friend's in there,' and they said, 'Well, do you want to just come talk?' And I said, 'Ok.' We had a 15-minute conversation," Colbert explained. "I got the internship, she [the girlfriend] did not."
"And the relationship did not last," Colbert later added. "And then I did a foolish thing. I did not take the internship."
"The Colbert Report" host had a pretty logical reason why he turned down the internship gig.
"'Cause you did not pay people," Colbert said to Letterman with a laugh. "It's [New York City] an expensive city!"
Colbert then asked Letterman, "Dave, I gotta ask. The next job I'm taking here, that pays right?"
"I have nothing to do with that," Letterman replied.
""Cause I already signed," Colbert said.
After taking a selfie with Letterman, which he posted to Twitter, Colbert also revealed that he had tried to work with Letterman again. The comedian explained that in 1997, he and his writing partner Paul Dinello, submitted a writing packet in hopes of getting hired as writers on "The Late Show."
"Ya'll didn't call for like four months," Colbert said. "And when you finally called, we had already been picked up for 'Strangers With Candy' the series."
Colbert later said he found the top ten list the duo submitted for the show, which was called "The Top Ten Cocktails for Santa."
Check out a clip of Colbert's interview on "Late Show" below.