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Neil Patrick Harris turned down Letterman's late night gig

Neil Patrick Harris turned down Letterman's late night gig © AP / Neil Patrick Harris Neil Patrick Harris turned down Letterman's late night gig


Actor Neil Patrick Harris declined an offer from CBS to take over for David Letterman when he departs "The Late Show."

The former "How I Met Your Mother" star, which also aired on the CBS network, has revealed he was at the top of the shortlist to take over for the comedian, who is set to leave his post in 2015. In a recent interview with Howard Stern, Harris admitted he met with CBS chairman and CEO Les Moonves to discuss the possibility of the new job, but ultimately said no due to the routine nature of a nightly show. Harris said he would "get bored" of the format, adding, "I don't have any interest in doing monologue, commercial, sketch, guest, guest musical act, goodnight."

He also divulged that Moonves attempted to get him to take over from Scottish funnyman Craig Ferguson, who is leaving his position on "The Late Late Show," but again Harris declined. He said, "It's still nightly. You're still coming up with the same content and now you're just getting bitter that no one's watching it."

While Moonves and fellow CBS executives have already chosen Stephen Colbert to replace Letterman next year, Harris told the network that he would prefer to host a weekly variety show. He added, "I think if it's weekly and people really want to see it -- and you trust that there's a lot of really great s--- on there -- then you're going to get the guests to want to come on your thing. A weekly thing, you'd have more time to prep for stuff. You could do pre-taped stuff that would be really exciting, you could flesh it out a little bit more and have more acts."

Harris is currently taking a break from TV to star on Broadway in "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," for which he was recently nominated for a Tony Award.

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