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'Late Show' Cue Card Writer Fired For Letterman Insult, Clash With Writer

'Late Show' cue card writer Tony Mendez, who also occasionally appeared in front of the camera, has been fired from the show after clashing with a writer then insulting David Letterman.

The incident took place earlier this month as Mendez was rehearsing with Bill Scheft and Letterman in the dressing room.

Mendez didn't appreciate Scheft's advice to him and snapped: "I know what I'm doing! Get off my back."

When Letterman told Mendez to calm down and lose the "sour disposition," Mendez instead fired back: "You're the one who has the sour disposition, motherf—er."

But it didn't end there. The following day, when Mendez ran across Scheft, he grabbed his shirt and pushed him against the wall to deliver some choice words.

Mendez was promptly fired.

"I know I shouldn't have put my hands on him," Mendez admits to the New York Post, saying it wasn't the first time he wanted to get physical with Scheft. "This has been coming for a long time."

The 69-year-old had been with the 'Late Show' since 1993 and began appearing on-screen in 1997.

October 20, 2014 |

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