CBS is thrilled that Stephen Colbert has agreed to take over David Letterman’s role as Late Show host in 2015, but the network’s search for a successor to the King of Late Night wasn’t limited to the long-time Comedy Central star. On Wednesday, How I Met Your Mother star Neil Patrick Harris told Howard Stern that CBS approached him about the gig, as well. But he wasn’t interested.
“They called me in and sat me down and asked me if that’d be something I’d be interested in doing,” Harris told stern.
“In that instance I felt like I knew what my skill sets were,” he continued. “I was surprised that [CBS head Les Moonves] pitched me that idea. I sat for a minute with it and told him the things that concerned me about the longevity of that kind of gig. I think I would get bored of the repetition fast. The structure is so set. I don’t have any interest in doing monologue, commercial, sketch, guest, guest, musical act, goodnight.”
Harris did express interest in doing a weekly variety show that would have allowed more freedom and wouldn’t be as predictable. Apparently the idea is still on the table at CBS. Let’s hope so.