Neil Patrick Harris has revealed that CBS offered him The Late Show following David Letterman's departure. The actor, who is currently naked on the cover of Rolling Stone, met with CBS chairman and CEO Leslie Moonves to discuss the possibility and eventually turned it down, Harris told Howard Stern in a recent broadcast. Stephen Colbert ultimately got the gig and will start once Letterman says his final good night sometime in 2015.
Although he sat with the idea for a minute, the actor ultimately declined the position because he thought he would "get bored" of the staid format of late-night talk shows. "I don't have any interest in doing 'monologue, commercial, sketch, guest, guest musical act, goodnight,'" he said.
Moonves also offered Harris the hosting position on The Late Late Show, which host Craig Ferguson is leaving, but the actor said he didn't want that either.
"It's still nightly," he said. "You're still coming up with the same content and now you're just getting bitter that no one's watching it." Harris chalked the offers up to his "good relationship" with the network from starring on How I Met Your Mother.
Harris told Stern he would prefer to work on a weekly variety show. "I think if it's weekly and people really want to see it – and you trust that there's a lot of really great shit 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 said Moonves was receptive to the weekly show pitch and that it was still under consideration.
Harris' meeting with Moonves wasn't a total wash, though. "He had sushi brought in," Harris said. "It was fantastic."
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