The extremist who called for Letterman’s tongue to be cut out is as-of-yet unnamed — but Letterman says he knows exactly who it is.
“Everybody knows it’s Leno,” Letterman joked, placing the blame on Tonight Show host and longtime rival Jay Leno.
“A guy, a radical extremist threatened to cut my tongue out,” Letterman explained to the audience. “I wish I had a nickel for every time a guy has threatened — I think the first time was during the Academy Awards,” he said, referring to his critically panned hosting gig in 1995.
“Why is the staff in such a good mood? … Some people get Emmy nominations; some people get death threats … How can someone be so angry at a time when Kim Kardashian is so happy?” Just a few of the mocking entries on the night’s Top Ten list.
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