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CHAPTER FOUR:
DAVE PERFORMS PROFESSIONALLY

David Letterman received word that, although the Executives liked him, he was not getting high enough ratings to continue producing the show. This was a low point in Dave's career, but he continued on professionally. In a last ditch effort to go out with a bang, Dave started to let down his guard -and began to enjoy the show.

He did more of his pestering of the public-type segments - roamed NYC, he held dog races and elevator races in the NBC Halls and went out into the public to find that one "off the wall" guest for his show. He even did investigative reporting on the NBC vending machines. He took ordinary people off the street, and treated them like stars, asking them to join him on stage during the show. I loved those shows -where he had people in the audience- or someone he called on a pay phone outside - to come into the studio and be part of the show. Rupert does a little of this today. It is quite enjoyable.

It was at this time that the "Stupid Pet Tricks" segment was invented by Merrill. My personal favorite (which describes just how shallow I like my humor).

After 19 weeks on the air, Mr. Lettermans show was canceled. When the public discovered that The David Letterman Show was canceled, they were not very happy. NBC received many letters, petitions, and there were even some demonstrations across the country to protest the cancellation of Dave's show.

With all of this commotion, NBC must have smelled ratings and advertising money. They decided to offer Dave a contract.

Next, Dave began to sub for Johnny Carson again. Carson and Letterman developed a friendship. NBC Executives began to discuss Dave's daytime show, and decided to try it out on the Late Night Format.

 

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