Paul Shaffer to quit David Letterman's 'Late Show'?

By Robert Kirchgassner ,

Talk show host David Letterman may soon be without his sidekick because Paul Shaffer is considering ending his tenure on The Late Show.

“We’ve been on 30 years so now we’ve got another two years … I’m going to be certainly ready to lie down after that, take a nap,” Shaffer said to TV Guide Canada.

However, nothing has been finalized yet.

"Life is nutty -- anything can happen," he said. "I’ve been so lucky and blessed to be working this long in show business. And whatever happens now is just gravy to me.”

Shaffer joined Letterman when his show was launched on NBC in 1982. They remained a team during the show’s move to CBS in 1993, after NBC gave the available job of hosing the Tonight Show to Jay Leno.

Before that, Shaffer, 62, was the musical director of the Toronto production Godspell, which led to him becoming part of the Saturday Night Live band. He also co-wrote the hit song "It’s Raining Men."

He currently earns $5 million for his work on Letterman’s show.

According to NBC, spokespeople for the Late Show did not issue a comment.



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