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David Spade Reveals He Turned Down David Letterman's 'Late Night' Job

David Spade revealed on Thursday that he turned down an offer from NBC to replace David Letterman on 'Late Night' more than a decade ago.

In an interview on FS1's 'The Herd with Colin Cowherd', Spade said he was offered the job with a whopping $2 million a year when Letterman went from NBC to CBS.

'Saturday Night Live' producer Lorne Michaels wanted him to take over 'Late Night' but he didn't think he could do it since he didn't see himself as the best comedian on 'Saturday Night Live'.

"I was just trying not to get fired. I was hanging on at SNL... I didn't have a hook," he said.

"I was just mildly amusing. I am just trying to channel that into the sketches and be funny with an attitude. Adam Sandler was singing and writing songs and killing on every angle, and Chris Farley had big characters, and it was so hard to compete."

He said he told Michaels: "No, that sounds like a drag."

"I was shocked. I go that's not my thing. I'd rather do a sitcom."

But in the back of the mind he was worried about taking the job and failing, "If that bombed, then I'm really in trouble too, that early on, to have a mark like that."

They offered him $1 million a year before going up to $2 million. Spade was making $4,000 a show on SNL, translating to around $100,000 a year.

"I can't believe I said no," Spade said. "Then they went to Conan."

November 6, 2015 |

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