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David Letterman Treated Justin Bieber Poorly

After all he has been through, and put himself and his family through, David Letterman should be as kind and gracious as possible … as often as possible.

But you can’t teach old CBS Late Show hosts new tricks I suppose.

Letterman and sidekick Paul Shaffer were both unnecessarily rude to Top 10 reader/guest Justin Bieber Thursday.

Letterman dismissed Bieber as “just a kid” and commented about where the superstar singer should throw the newspaper during his route.

Shaffer was worse, drawing a cold reaction from the audience when he commented about Bieber’s height and questioned which gender his new fragrance was for.

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Is that any way to treat a guest?


I realize the late night shows are supposed to be comedic and some “making fun of” is OK.

But Letterman seems to be getting more bitter and angry over time.

His never-ending attacks on George W. Bush, nearly three years after he has been out of office, seem desperate and half-baked.

(Letterman’s effusive praise of Barack Obama despite the poor shape of the economy could be another blog entirely)

Time to get some new material Dave, and leave the “kid” alone.

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posted August 3, 2012 at 12:48 am

I agree, Dave was rude, maybe a little Jealousy because Dave is getting up in years and Justin is really making a name for himself. It is really none of David Letterman’s business is Justin Bieber got a Tattoo and it was very rude to touch his arm as he did. I’ll bet he is tired of Leno beating him all the time!!!

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posted June 24, 2012 at 10:09 pm

Letterman totes the American “Stars & Bars “rude & crass behavior they are famous for all over the world…

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posted December 29, 2011 at 12:31 am

David was incredibly rude to Justin..He treated him as an equal(weathered like David) and Justin is just in his prime. Justin held himself….Dave was a (jerk).

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posted June 24, 2011 at 4:47 pm

good points deb…bieber probably isn’t too thin-skinned. I used to LOVE Letterman, but yeah, perhaps his act has worn thin and never beating Leno in ratings has taken a toll on him, too. thanks for commenting!

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posted June 24, 2011 at 4:10 pm

I just watched the video. I don’t know if I’d go so far as to say Dave was being unusually rude. He has a sort of rude and detached demeanor with his guests most of the time anyway. Also, I’m pretty sure they went over this material, jokes and all during the rehearsal of the show so Justin would have known what was going to be said. The crack about the fragrance I didn’t find that big of a deal either. I had no idea JB had a fragrance out and was a bit curious about who it was for as well. I do find it a bit unusual for a guy to put out a ladies fragrance.

Justin Bieber seemed to take it all in stride and didn’t look too offended. He seems like a nice kid and is probably used to all the jokes about his looking so young. It comes with the territory. And he is laughing all the way to the bank too! He probably has more money than David Letterman. I think David Letterman is just getting old and should retire. His jokes are definitely worn out and he seems to not even be enjoying himself anymore. He appears to be “going through the motions” during his shows and seems bored with himself.

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