As Dave raised his
premium cigar high into the air, (as if to celebrate with
the audience and fans that helped bring him to this
moment) he stepped up to the podium and looked out into
the CBS Conference Room. The CBS Conference Room was
swarming with Press Agents waiting to hear what Dave had
to say about the enormous attention he was receiving
regarding his career.
Dave was about to announce, to the National Television
Audience now tuned into CBS, that he had made his
choice. After David weighed all of the pros and cons
of his Network choices, CBS was the Network that made the
most sense intellectually. And now, David was about to
announce his side of the Network Switch Story - to the
Dave threw jokes and wisecracks back at all those tough
questions that the room full of reporters were spewing at
him. By the time the conference was over, Dave had
everyone dying of laughter - and the room quickly became
Now Mike Ovitz had realized HIS dream, and David
Letterman had become the true King of Late Night television.
Now the whole WORLD saw the brilliance of David
Lettermans comedic talents standing right before them.
CBS and David Lettermans staff were quite pleased. Dave
had impressed the Network Executives again. I remember
this conference. It is one of my personal high
moments during the many years that I have followed
David's career. Tears welled up in my eyes as he
began the conference. To the world, this looked like
Dave's shining moment. But once the conference and
all of the media attention wound down, David Letterman
was beginning to feel a bit frightened about how the
switch would play out.