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David Letterman: President Trump Is A Psychotic Soulless Bastard

Jeff Katz
June 12, 2019 - 11:11 am

During his time as the host of NBC's Late Night With David Letterman and CBS' Late Show With David Letterman, David Letterman hosted Donald Trump as a guest more than 30 times. Now, Letterman has shifted gears on the New York tycoon-turned-president. He pulled no punches during an interview on The Hollywood Reporter's "Awards Chatter" podcast.

When Letterman, now the host of My Next Guest Needs No Introduction on Netflix, was told how many times he interviewed Trump, he responded, "More than 30? Wow! You're welcome, America. I think he just liked being on TV. I had no sense that he was the soulless bastard that he's turned into."

He continued, "Everybody says, 'Oh, wouldn't you like to talk to Donald Trump [today]?' And I would. I would just like to say, 'Don, it's Dave. Remember me? I want to talk to the real Donald Trump.' Because I now don't know which is the real Donald Trump, and if the Donald Trump that I was talking to [back then] was the real Donald Trump, how do you get to be the guy he is now? Politics notwithstanding — let's just say everything is great and he's done a great job, but he still behaves the way he behaves — who behaves like that?!"

"He used to be kind of like the boob of New York that pretended to be wealthy, or we thought was wealthy, and now he's just a psychotic. Is that putting too fine a point on it?" He added, "I don't even care if it's recorded, I would just like to talk to the guy, because, as I said before, he knows me, I know him — what the hell went wrong?!"

Listen to the full conversation here.