CBS executive Les Moonves shared a few pithy comments about retired TV host David Letterman in San Francisco on Wednesday: “He hated me,” Moonves admitted to moderator Andrew Ross Sorkin at a Vanity Fair event in The City.
“He hated me when I walked in the door. He was there about a year before I got there. He just, generally speaking, didn’t like management,” Moonves said, noting that the comedian wouldn’t take his calls, particularly during the early days of Moonves’ tenure.
Ultimately, Dave softened up, perhaps in part because he went through heart problems, had a child, and survived having been forced to admit publicly he’d had an affair.
Over the years, Letterman began to surprise Moonves by showing up with a camera crew or calling him cold to include him on the “Late Show,” as he did during a Bill Murray segment. Moonves has said that he thought his ability to riff on-air earned him Letterman’s respect.
Asked about just how much difficulty he’ll put up with for certain talent, Moonves said, “It depends on how well they’re doing. If their ratings are really good, you’ve got to take a lot more.” He elaborated, “We stretched out on a limb for Charlie Sheen.” At the time of Sheen’s public 2011 meltdown, “Two and a Half Men” was “doing really, really well,” Moonves said. “[But] it got to the point where it just didn’t work anymore.”
NEW COUPLE ALERT
“Hunger Games” actress Jennifer Lawrence is is dating director Darren Aronofsky, People reports.
“They’ve been hanging out and are casually dating,” a source for Lawrence tells the magazine.
Over the summer, Lawrence, 26, and Aronofsky, 47, collaborated on a still-untitled project together starring the Oscar-winning actress, Ed Harris and Javier Bardem. T
They were also photographed together in August having lunch at a cafe.
Currently in post-production, the movie is directed and written by Aronofsky and focuses on a couple whose relationship is disrupted when unwanted guests enter their lives.
Earlier this year, the star told Harper’s Bazaar she doesn’t have a specific “type” when it comes to men. “Patterns are the work of the devil,” said Lawrence. “If I think about all of my ex-boyfriends, they are all so uncomparable.”
Lawrence — who stepped out Tuesday night to support her friend Emma Stone at a “La La Land” screening — was last romantically linked to Coldplay frontman Chris Martin.
Aronofsky shares a 10-year-old son, Henry, with ex Rachel Weisz.
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